Donations Sought To Help 7-year-old Cancer Patient, Family During Treatment
In Times of Need, Northeast Pennsylvania comes to the aid of its own. In our regular column, Patrice Wilding provides a platform for area residents facing a variety of obstacles to create awareness and connect them with much-needed help.
Who: Luciano Joseph Mancini is a parent’s dream of a little boy: the 7-year-old second-grader at Pittston Area Intermediate Center is smart, energetic and happy. He loves going outdoors to ride his bike and enjoys working with his dad, showing special interest in big trucks, machinery and the way things work. The son of Justin and Margaret Mancini, Luciano is big brother to 5-year-old Olivia and a beloved member of his extended family, all of whom are rallying around him as he faces the greatest obstacle of his very young life. On Dec. 6, he was diagnosed with Stage IV high-risk neuroblastoma, which will require 15 to 18 months of treatment, including chemotherapy, surgery, stem cell harvesting, radiation and MIBG, a specialized therapy.
What/when/where: Donations for Luciano’s family can be made online at GoFundMe.com or sent to 21 Old Boston Road, Pittston, PA 18640, payable to Justin or Margaret Mancini.
Why: Contributions will pay for gas and tolls plus lodging and food near the hospital where Luciano receives treatment, and also help his parents cover missed time at work. Money also will help the Mancinis as they strive to celebrate special and fun times whenever possible to keep life as normal as can be during such a difficult time.
In her own words: “The support from the community has been overwhelming. We can’t express enough how grateful we are to live in a community full of selfless people who pull together in a family’s time of need. Everyone has been such a blessing throughout this journey thus far. Luciano has a long, hard road ahead of him, and with the support of this wonderful community, ‘thank you’ will never be enough.” — Margaret Mancini, mother
Update: The benefit held
Friday for 32-year-old Scranton resident and Stage IV colon cancer patient Nicole Haddix was a huge success, organizers said. “It is an amazing feeling to have the support and love I have received,” Haddix wrote, adding that she will have surgery on Friday, Feb. 1, followed by more chemotherapy. Donations still can be made online at GoFundMe.com.