Community rallies around 6-year-old Kansas boy battling cancer

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WELLINGTON, Kan. (KAKE) -

A southern Kansas community is raising money for the family of a 6-year-old boy who was diagnosed with cancer on Christmas Eve. 

Sumner NewsCow reports Jarek Conrad, of Wellington, was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), which is a muscular cancer. A family member says he was diagnosed the day before Christmas. 

Jarek will be undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for the next nine months. The first-grade student at Washington Elementary School likes football, wrestling, animals and playing with his brother Jace. 

There are several ways you can help Jarek and his family. 

  • A GoFundMe account has raised more than $7,500 in the last several weeks. 
  • Eisenhower School, Jars for Jarek: From January 13 through 24, jars for change and cash will be available for the children of Eisenhower Elementary School to make donations. 
  • A medical fund account has been created at Security State Bank. Donations of checks or cash deposits can be sent to or made at Security State Bank, 101 North Washington St, Wellington, KS 67152.
  • An account is also available at Panhandle Federal Credit Union at 405 North Washington Avenue, Wellington, KS 67152.

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