Fairfield boy treated to drive-by car parade to celebrate birthday, last day of chemo

Dozens of cars filled with the boy's classmates, fire trucks and even an ice cream truck were on hand to wish him a happy birthday.

News 12 Staff

Apr 16, 2022, 12:31 AM

Updated 829 days ago

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In honor of his 6th birthday and his last day of chemo, Luke Klauder was treated to a drive-by car parade to make his celebration extra special.
Dozens of cars filled with the boy's classmates, fire trucks and even an ice cream truck were on hand to wish him a happy birthday.
Klauder, of Fairfield, had a big week. On Monday, he got to ring the gong at the hospital for finishing his last chemo treatment for Burkitt's Lymphoma. His classmates, teachers and family have rallied around him the whole time he was in treatment.
"One little girl came and she said, 'I think this month we should make lions, because Luke has to be brave, and lions are brave. And Luke is our lion,'" says Kate Schallau, Luke's kindergarten teacher at Burr Elementary School. "That's how we've looked at this Luke has been very brave, and cheerful, through the whole thing."
Klauder says it was really cool to see all the cars driving by, but his favorite part was the fire engine.
The Klauder family hopes that Luke will be able to return to the classroom before the school year ends.


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