West York rallying around ailing boy
West York Mayor Shawn Mauck is calling for everyone in the borough to show their support for a 7-year-old resident fighting for his life.
On Jan. 13, Hudsen Wolfe was diagnosed with an aggressive, inoperable brain tumor, known as a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), according to his GoFundMe page.
Hudsen has gone through several radiation treatments, Mauck said, but his family will need help paying for some experimental treatments that their insurance won’t cover.
Anyone who is looking to help Hudsen’s family can donate at the West York Borough building, 1381 W. Poplar St., Mauck said.
Borough employees also will be collecting cards to deliver to Hudsen on Valentine’s Day to show him the community’s heart is with him, Mauck said. Blank cards also will be available at Borough Hall for those who want to fill one out.
“Anything we can do to make his time a little more special, I think we should be doing that,” Mauck said. “Anytime that we can show we have a little bit of heart and we can help somebody out, we should be doing that.”
Several fundraisers are underway to help the Wolfes with medical costs. Blue-and-white wristbands with “Team Hudsen” are being sold for $2 each, and T-shirts can be purchased for $10.
Thomasville bakery 3.14 & More also is working to raise money for the Wolfe family, selling pies for $12.50 each. The bakery will donate $5 per pie to the family. Pie orders are due Monday.
All wristband, T-shirt and pie-purchase forms, as well as a donation jar, can be found at West York Borough Hall.
Hudsen’s GoFundMe campaign, set up by a family friend, has a goal of raising $100,000 to help with medical expenses. As of Wednesday, the campaign had raised more than $11,000 from almost 150 people.
Any donation or gesture of support will help, Mauck said, and he hopes Hudsen’s story will inspire an outpouring of aid from West York and beyond.
“If we can get Hudsen’s story out there to the greater York County public, then the family can get some help that they need,” Mauck said.