Wentzville planning fireworks for Alex Onkle

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Alex Onkle

By Ann Rubin

Wentzville, MO (KSDK) - The community of Wentzville is coming together to grant two wishes for a boy with terminal cancer.

The first is to ride in a police car. The second is to have a big Fourth of July celebration. And the fireworks will come early this year.

The Fourth of July celebration will actually happen on Sunday and the organizers are turning it into a fundraiser to help the family.

Alex Onkle, 6, has desmoplastic round cell tumors in his abdomen. It's a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

Doctors found 38 tumors last year. He relapsed this March.

"When you relapse it's hard because it comes back with a vengeance. And at this point there is no cure for desmoplastic," said his mom, Wendy Hall.

His mother is trying to make the most of the time she has left with Alex and her co-workers want to help.

They're planning a fundraiser at Wentzville's Rotary Park this Sunday which they hope will allow her to stay home with him for a couple of months.

"There's probably 50 people out there every day for the last two weeks pounding the pavement trying to find things to help this little boy and his family," said organizer Pat Crew.

The theme is an early Fourth of July, complete with fireworks. They'll also have police cars, a pirate ship, clowns, magicians, pony rides and a petting zoo. They'll also have a barbecue and a volleyball tournament for adults.

Alex says he's excited.

"It's really awesome and it really does help me out to make me feel good. So I think it will be really good for me," he said.

"This whole thing is going to give me time to finally focus on him and not have to worry," said his mom.

The police department has been helping out, so have city officials and countless others.

The organizers are still trying to get the final touches together, like food and drink. But they're hoping to give the family and Alex a day to remember.

"It makes my heart happy to know that I have a lot of people that care about me, my family and my child," said Hall.

In addition to Alex, the family has four other children.

If organizers raise $5,000 for the family, the mayor has promised to shave his head. Their goal is to raise $10,000.

The event will be at Rotary Park at 2577 West Meyer in Wentzville. It will run from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

To help out or donate visit http://helpalexonkle.webstarts.com/

You can also donate at the Alex Onkle Fund at any U.S. Bank.


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