Child’s Illness

Sparks Father's Urge to Help


By Johanna Weidner — Sitting next to his young son’s hospital bed, despair gripped Jonathan Baltrusaitis.

“He’s just turned two and he might die,” the Waterloo father remembers thinking. “I felt really helpless.”

Doctors weren’t sure exactly what caused his youngest son’s high fever. But the effect of that dark night on Baltrusaitis’ life was certain — giving him a purpose and a cause when he found out the rare disease his son Will narrowly survived.

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