Lil Memo Battles Childhood Cancer

$33,993 of $50k goal

Raised by 186 people in 10 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.
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Update 1
Posted by Scott Kuzma
10 months ago
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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!
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Kristen Lanigan
10 months ago
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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

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Stephanie Noell-Davis
10 months ago
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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

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Monica Grimaldo
2 months 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!

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$33,993 of $50k goal

Raised by 186 people in 10 months
Created June 9, 2016
Scott Kuzma  
on behalf of Kristen ( lanigan ) Vasquez
EM
$150
Erin Malone
10 months ago
6
6

We love you Emilio!!! You got this and we are here with you every step of the way. Since the moment I held you for the first time in my arms I knew you were an angel. We love you so very much.

BR
$250
B Reh
10 months ago
5
5

Go Emilio go! Your best is better....

UA
$40
Uli Atkinson
10 months ago
5
5

I had the pleasure of working with Emilio for a little while at the Sandbox. He's such a sweet, friendly, and strong little boy who's so loved. You can do it! Prayers are with you.

TB
$100
Tucson Buckets
10 months ago
4
4

Get Buckets, Memo!!

$500
Stephanie Nalick
10 months ago
4
4

Memo, Shay and Ryder are supporting and cheering you on from Colorado. We are friends of your nieces in Carlsbad, and know that you are "SuperHero Strong". Hugs, The Nalick Family

OA
$100
Oscar and Lupita Acedo
10 months ago
4
4

Emilio and his family are in our prayers.

KC
$100
Karen Courville
10 months ago
3
3

Wishing you all the best!

AS
$100
Ari Slater
10 months ago
3
3

Best wishes and Warm thoughts for Emilio!

LL
$100
Lily Lujan-Driggers
10 months ago
3
3

Kristen, My Prayers and my thoughts are with you and your family. Live to Win!!! God Bless you Memo :)

DL
$30
Danielle Lord
10 months ago
3
3

God Bless ♡♡♡

Kristen Lanigan
10 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

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Stephanie Noell-Davis
10 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

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Monica Grimaldo
2 months 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!

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