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Destination Dino Liam is a non-profit organization (501c3) founded in honor of our late son, Liam Kirsch, who passed away after a long battle of childhood cancer at age 4. It is our mission to provide local Wisconsin families battling childhood cancer with memories only a weekend outing can provide. We cover the costs of these outings including, but not limited to, gas, food, activities, and accommodations so that families like ours do not have to incur debt to make memories with their child.

As we look towards the future, we are hopeful to one day have a dedicated location for families battling childhood cancer to vacation at– our very own “Destination Dino Liam Getaway.”

Liam's Story

liam sitting on a chair posing for a picture

Our son Liam was only 13 months old when we were given the news that he had cancer- Rhabdomyosarcoma. From that point forward Liam transformed from a typical toddler to a warrior. He endured a year of intense chemo, daily radiation for a month, and multiple surgeries; and in September 2014 he entered remission.

The victory was too short. 2 ½ months later, his tumor had grown into the size of a golf ball. We jumped right back into a year of chemo and decided that we needed to have his bladder and prostate removed along with the tumor. This lead to another period of remission for Liam. He played, ate, and giggled in remission for a year.

Our victory lap was once again cut short. During a follow-up scan in August 2016, we discovered that his cancer had returned.

There were not many medical options left. We restarted chemo, radiation, and made the decision to enter a clinical trial for a bone marrow transplant– in March 2016. Unfortunately, the transplant was unsuccessful and on June 16th, 2016 the doctors found another tumor wrapped around an artery.

We had exhausted all treatment plans, and Liam’s tumors continued to grow and spread. He was sent home on hospice.

On Sunday, August 13th, 2017 our sweet boy passed away at only 4 years old.

Liam was such the little fighter, yet the brightest light. Through his journey, he smiled and played, and taught us everything about unconditional love. We treasure all the memories that we were fortunate enough to make with him, and it’s now our mission to help families like ours make memories of their own.

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