Community rallies around local child with eye cancer

Draven Dunklow with his siblings.

Traverse City child Draven Dunklow is only one year-old and has been diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, in both of his eyes.

Draven is the son of Andrea and Traverse City Police Sgt. Kevin Dunklow, who have been receiving tremendous support from family, friends, and the community.

Things have gotten expensive for the Dunklow family: Trips back and forth to Helen Devos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids for chemotherapy treatment, as well as testing for the whole family after Draven's cancer was found to be heridetary have added up quickly.

To help offset the costs that insurance won't cover, a family member has made a fundraising page for Draven:

Additionally, there are three upcoming fundraising events: On Tuesday, December 10th, La Seniorita restaurant will give 20 percent of your bill to the Dunklow family when you print out and present a coupon available on Draven's fundraising website or at the Munson Emergency Room. On Friday, December 13th, Willow Hill Elementary is hosting "Dancing for Dunklows," which will feature music and prizes. On Saturday, January 18th, the Traverse City Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services will face-off against the Traverse City Police Department in "Guns and Hoses," a benefit hockey game at Center Ice.

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