CHESTERTON | Mimi and Adam Schultz are overwhelmed with the outpouring of kindness people have showed their family over the past few months.
Their son, Rusty, 5, was diagnosed Dec. 23 with pineoblatoma, a rare form of a brain tumor. He has been in and out of Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago since Christmas.
Rusty is back home -- but in order to return home -- the family had to have the ventilation system, furnace and air condtioner professionally cleaned and sanitized to protect his weakened immune system.
Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation, a nonprofit group that works with families who are going through cancer treatment, sought help from Service Experts of Chesterton.
Adam Smith, branch manager with Service Experts, said all of their work was donated by the business.
"We want to give back to the community," he said. "When I talked to the employees, each of us has been touched in some way with cancer so we all wanted to help this family."
Service Experts also installed a HEPA Bypass Filtration System to clean the air of any chemicals or unwanted particles.
Other groups that have helped the family include Chesterton High School, where Adam Schultz is an art teacher. The art classes made and sold hurricane lamps, bowls and cups to help the family. There have also been other fundraisers in the Duneland area to help the family.
"We are so honored to have Service Experts help us and to all the other groups, too," she said. "We are taking things one day at a time with Rusty."
Rusty is a typical boy who likes Star Wars, football and golf. He has had some setbacks with his illness but is "doing much better now," Mimi Schultz said.
He and his mother will return this month to Chicago to start radiation treatments. Adam Schultz will return to teaching and also look after their daughter, Rylee Jean.