Castle Hayne woman fights Leukemia, with help from friends and family
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CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) -- Everyone is stressed out over the holidays but not like one family from Castle Hayne. Kiersten Wildeboer is fighting Leukemia, but she is not fighting alone

Husband Peter says,” it’s been quite a trip , we've been back and forth to Chapel Hill a lot, my wife was in there for over a month. We've had unbelievable support from Laney high school and from my wife’s school Castle Hayne elementary and from my school North Topsail elementary”.

The Wildeboers son plays baseball at Laney high school and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, they decided to fix up the family’s home in Castle Hayne to show support for Kiersten.

Kiersten was overwhelmed, “I never expected it, my husband was talking about it but I was just like, what do you mean what’s going on. He would send me pictures of trucks in my drive way and all of these kids and everything, and I’m coming home and I see Wallace and I see Burgaw and, I’m almost home and I pull in the drive way and I’m just can't believe this it looked gorgeous”.

For Peter the best present this year was just getting Kiersten home. “We were so thrilled, she actually came home on New Year’s day and we were able to have Christmas and New Years and she came home and we walked around and it was a nice day we walked around the outside and she saw all of the improvements she was able to drive down a beautiful driveway and didn't have to worry about mud or pot holes”.

The home is a beautiful gift that Wildeboers compare to the show Extreme Makeover, but the real gift is the love the home makeover conveys.

Kiersten is so appreciative, “They’ve been phenomenally supportive, they've kept me positive and give me strength to really fight this and not really go for remission but go for the total cure and just keep going through the treatments”.
Kiersten is home resting now but her battle is not over, she faces 10 weeks of induction treatments followed by another 2-3 months of chemo therapy, but her family, her friends and students will be with her. We wish her the best.

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I am a former Castle Hayne resident and after reading this story i only wished i could have been there to be a part of it. I always knew there were some great people back there. Thanks for helping me remember

I have known Kiersten and Pete for almost 20 years. You will never meet a nicer family if you tried. Please keep Kiersten and their family in your thoughts and prayers. I do.