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Central Wisconsin baby dies after battle with rare form of leukemia

MARSHFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - A central Wisconsin baby who touched thousands of hearts around the world died Thursday.

One-year-old Treyden Kurtzweil of Stratford spent most of his life battling lymphocytic leukemia, which destroys bone marrow cells.

Almost 25,000 people followed Treyden’s story on Facebook, where his mother Cassie wrote almost every day about her son’s accomplishments and struggles.

Last Friday, doctors said there was nothing else they could do to help the child.

On Monday night, about 500 people gathered outside Treyden’s hospital room in Marshfield for a candlelight vigil which marked his first birthday. Hundreds of others around the country also lit candles.

He died about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

In announcing the death on Facebook, the Kurtzweil family thanked people for their prayers and support. They said, “Treyden received his wings today … he was surrounded by nothing but love.”

Within hours, more than 700 followers posted condolences.