FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) - Two local softball teams are doing what they can to help an Oshkosh West High School student with NF, or neurofibromatosis.
Owen Polak (WBAY photo)
It's a condition that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. Owen Polak has now developed tumors on his brain, which have contributed to a seizure disorder.
Owen's family says now as they look toward Owen's life after high school, they've started to raise money to get him a trained seizure alert dog.
Owen's cousin Libby plays for the Oshkosh North High School softball team and organized a fundraiser and awareness event earlier this week at one of her games.
The Fond du Lac High School softball team caught word of the fundraiser and decided to also hold an event Friday night at their game against Oshkosh North.
"NF for Owen has been a challenge, and the seizures that come with it are also rather debilitating because we fear little things like leaving him alone, but people like Libby, our niece, couldn't ask for more," Owen's father, Jason Polak, said.
Libby says they need to raise $17,000 total.
Before Friday's event they had raised $5,000.