SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Fearless Felix and His Heroes is a children’s book about a dog in Sioux Falls. But some of the inspiration for the book came from a little boy named Felix.
“Felix was one when he was diagnosed, he turned two the second month we were in treatment. So, we were six months in the hospital,” Mitch Jackson said.
On Tuesday, Felix the boy met Felix the dog. It all started when Donna Wiese met Felix’s dad Mitch Jackson.
“And I say, ‘Oh my husband’s name is Mitch.’ And then we get to talking and he’s talking about his little boy Felix, and I say, ‘I have a little boy Felix, except he’s a dog,'” Wiese said.
Dog Felix is a bomb sniffer. The conversation with Jackson inspired Weise.
“We were sitting there and I thought I am going to write a book about Mitch and Felix. Little did I know little boy Felix had been battling cancer at a young age,” Wiese said.
After learning about Felix’s battle, the Weise family decided to donate the proceeds of the book to Sanford’s Children Hospital.
“It’s our way of giving back. Felix provides a service keeps us all safe. This way we can help students, kids, and help with the cancer research,” Mitch Wiese said.
Felix the boy’s parents were delighted to hear the news.
“One of our physicians that was on our oncology team is actually researching to cure AML leukemia, which is exactly what Felix had. So, I think it’s pretty cool that the proceeds of this book are going to that program,” Mitch Jackson said.
It’s a gift this little boy’s entire class is celebrating.