Boy battling cancer gets visit, donation from entire school

'Helping Henry' has become the school's cause

Henry greeted by MacArthur Elementary students
(Photo: WBAY)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – One local elementary school boy battling cancer got a visit and surprise from his entire school Friday afternoon.

In the Douglas MacArthur Elementary School gym, dozens of students can hardly contain all their energy, but the principal said there’s a pretty good explanation for it.

“We as his school community are there to help and support him in any way that we can so whether it’s monetary or going to say hi to him today at his house, that’s what we are going to do,” said Kim Spychalla, principal of Douglas MacArthur Elementary School.

Six-year-old Henry Leichey was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma earlier this year.

“He just finished all six rounds of chemo at St. Vincent’s Hospital and now he is going to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee to have a stem cell transplant,” said Bonnie Leichey, Henry’s mom.

“He’s been a trooper throughout all of this and we are very pleased with the outcome of the surgery he had,” said Michael Leichey, Henry’s dad.

Due to the treatments, Henry hasn’t been to school in months so the entire school decided to pay Henry a visit on Friday. However, the visit wasn’t the only surprise.

“They sold bracelets for a dollar a piece to raise money,” said Mason Zepnick, fifth-grader at MacArthur Elementary School.

“It says ‘Helping Henry’ and they are red because that’s his favorite color,” said Wren Algrem, fourth-grader at MacArthur Elementary School

The school, along with the community, raised $1,277 for the Leichey family and presented them with a check Friday afternoon.

“It was more than I could ever imagine,” said Bonnie. “It was just very surreal, like a big banner and all those smiling faces. It was just awesome.”

“I couldn’t believe my eyes. Just the support that MacArthur has given or provided by doing this kind of gesture is just amazing,” said Michael.

Henry said he didn’t keep track of all high-fives he gave out, but he was able to sum-up the whole experience in just one word.

“Amazing,” said Henry.

If you would like to know more about Henry’s journey, you can visit Bonnie’s blog at caringbridge.org.

If would like to help the Leichey family out with a donation, you can visit their GoFundMe page at ‘Helping Little Henry.’