Lil Memo Battles Childhood Cancer

$33,993 of $50k goal

Raised by 186 people in 9 months
Scott Kuzma
on behalf of Kristen ( lanigan ) Vasquez
 TUCSON, AZ
Hello. My name is Scott Kuzma and I live in Tucson Arizona. I am creating this account for my dear friend, Kristen ( Lanigan ) Vasquez and her 5 year old son, Emilio.  Emilio "Memo" Vasquez was diagnosed with a rare type of Cancer - Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. ARMS is a cancer that can happen in many different places of the body and may be first noticed as a lump or swelling that keeps getting larger and doesn't go away. Emilio's appeared under his lip, near his sinuses and moved up towards his eye.  Kristen and her family were proactive immediately and got him to specialists early  and the lump has been removed. Unfortunately though he starts Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy next week.  The road ahead is going to be long and extremely rough at times. 
This is where all of us come in to the picture! 
We have set a goal of $ 50,000.00 to assist in medical bills and expenses.  We are hoping to start receiving donations quickly. 
Kristen has an amazing support group that consists of her immediate family ( Mom, Dad and sister ) , in laws, aunts, uncles..etc. Many and many coworkers and friends throughout Arizona and the entire country, her two other boys - Marcus and Antonio along with the boys father - Rey Vasquez.  I have asked many people in our circle to start sending prayers. THANK YOU for them!  Please keep sending prayers and please consider making some type of contribution. Your generosity will help ease an aspect for them during the difficult time ahead. 
I have never  thought of compiling something like this. Nor organizing a fundraiser. As emotional as it is for me to put this in writing, it can't compare to what they are feeling. Emilio is a sweet, sweet boy!  Loves to play with his older brothers, is handsome, fun, smart and just wants to  "kick this cancer's butt" and be a little boy again. We know that he/ they will persevere! 
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your donation. God Bless you.
+ Read More
Update 1
Posted by Scott Kuzma
9 months ago
   Share
1
1
Hello everyone, I want to share some updates with you from Kristen regarding Emilio.
This past Friday was a rough day. Emilio had his port and feeding tube surgically placed. As you can imagine, he was in pain - restlessness was had by all. This coming Wednesday, the Bone Marrow Aspiration will happen. This procedure happens so they are certain the cancer is not in his bones. More prayers need to be sent for this please!
Good news was received. The second set of CT scans on his lungs came back clear! That brought some relief to this unbelievable situation.
I failed to mention in my original campaign description that Emilio is to go through 43 weeks of Chemo and Radiation. The first treatment is Friday June 17th. It is hard to fathom this, so PLEASE keep sending prayers and well wishes to Kristen and her family's way. PLEASE share this on social media...e-mails...however you can. There have been some great ideas of doing other types of fundraisers throughout Tucson and other places..so please stay tuned for those and your participation will be appreciated immensely. Last but not least, if you can find it in your heart to donate - please do so. Every penny ( and prayer ) counts. Thank you for everything!
+ Read More
Kristen Lanigan
9 months ago
1
1

Team Memo is overwhelmed by the support and donations already received. I'm speechless and eternally grateful! Thank you to all that have donated and shared Emilio's fundraiser. Please help keep it going!! Thank you Scott Kuzma for heading this "kick cancers butt" / Lil Memo campaign. This campaign has brought comfort to the overwhelming financial aspect. Your prayers have been equally helpful!! Please continue to spreed the love ❤️ and positive mojo. Beyond greatful- Kris10

+ Read More
Stephanie Noell-Davis
9 months ago
1
1

I would be happy to raffel a Tattoo of subsantial size in my private studio at home..if interested let me know..Stephanie Noell-Davis feel free to check out my portfolio on fb. 18 yrs experience,professional,steralization standards to the best...college degrees in art,etc..I would be honored. Let me know

+ Read More
Monica Grimaldo
1 month ago

Hello! My name is Monica and I'm a reporter at KOLD News 13 in Tucson. I'm looking to do a report this afternoon on an new UA initiative that will expand access to high quality cancer care for Latinos and I'm interested in sharing Memo's story. Can you give me a call? My cell is 520-349-9179. Thank you!

+ Read More

$33,993 of $50k goal

Raised by 186 people in 9 months
Created June 9, 2016
Scott Kuzma  
on behalf of Kristen ( lanigan ) Vasquez
RR
$170
Renee Robinson
27 days ago

Hi Kristen, this donation is from our annual family Christmas gathering. My mom passed around a flyer with Emilio's story. We hope all is going well for you & your family. Renee

PW
$18
Paula Wall
3 months ago
MW
$50
Martha Weekley
3 months ago

We are neighbors of Kristen's parents in Cincinnati and want you to know we are thinking of you. Love, Martha and Clint Weekley

RG
$50
robin green
3 months ago
LR
$1,250
Linda Triangle T Guest Ranch
3 months ago

We are so proud of you Emelio! Many people have donated to help you win your fight. We share your story and everyone LOVES you!

DJ
$200
Darshana Jariwala
5 months ago
SG
$100
Sue Gyure
5 months ago
$1,090
Taylor Cavanah
5 months ago
MH
$100
Mark and Jo Ann Haendel
6 months ago

In memory of Kevin

UC
$1,000
Uncle Dan & Aunt Linda Crimmins
6 months ago

Love you all!

Kristen Lanigan
9 months ago
1
1

Team Memo is overwhelmed by the support and donations already received. I'm speechless and eternally grateful! Thank you to all that have donated and shared Emilio's fundraiser. Please help keep it going!! Thank you Scott Kuzma for heading this "kick cancers butt" / Lil Memo campaign. This campaign has brought comfort to the overwhelming financial aspect. Your prayers have been equally helpful!! Please continue to spreed the love ❤️ and positive mojo. Beyond greatful- Kris10

+ Read More
Stephanie Noell-Davis
9 months ago
1
1

I would be happy to raffel a Tattoo of subsantial size in my private studio at home..if interested let me know..Stephanie Noell-Davis feel free to check out my portfolio on fb. 18 yrs experience,professional,steralization standards to the best...college degrees in art,etc..I would be honored. Let me know

+ Read More
Monica Grimaldo
1 month ago

Hello! My name is Monica and I'm a reporter at KOLD News 13 in Tucson. I'm looking to do a report this afternoon on an new UA initiative that will expand access to high quality cancer care for Latinos and I'm interested in sharing Memo's story. Can you give me a call? My cell is 520-349-9179. Thank you!

+ Read More
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now

Pledge now, give later.

Pledge Now
You won't be charged for this pledge. We'll let Scott know that you have pledged support.
Thank you!
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.