Little Ray's Battle Fund

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Dear family, friends and prayer partners of Little Ray McCarthy,

It is with a heavy heart and many thanks that we reach out to you on behalf of our whole family. Your support and love over these past many years has filled our home with love and well-wishes that have had a deeper impact than we can express.

Raymond Anthony McCarthy, Jr., “Little Ray,” age 10, of High Bridge, NJ passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family and friends, on Saturday, November 10, 2018.  Ray, a High Bridge Elementary School student who was born on May 5, 2008 at Hunterdon Medical Center, lived his short life to the fullest and brought so much happiness and laughter to all those who knew and loved him.

“Ray” was the absolutely perfect name to be bestowed upon our little buddy because he was like a brilliant ray of sunshine, bursting into and lighting up a room with his enthusiasm, energy, and fast-talking chatter. He always was so excited to share a story, perform a magic trick, or express his opinions bluntly and with vigor. No one could ignore his dynamic presence, whether hearing him ask a barrage of questions, tell a joke, or simply recount his day. And, no one will ever forget his wide smile and charming ways.

 A Star Wars and Harry Potter aficionado, Ray loved watching movies, especially when they were set up in the backyard for viewing, and hosting themed parties at his home or at Schooley’s Mountain Park. Visiting Walt Disney World, the North Carolina beaches, and his family locally and in Texas and Ohio also made the top of his list for favorite pastimes. A true outdoorsy kid, he loved playing in the treehouse and running around outside with his brother, as well as fossil hunting, fishing, and participating in all of the fun Cub Scout activities (especially the Pinewood Derby) with High Bridge Troop 149. Additionally, his passions included attending car races, watching the Food Network, reading cookbooks, cooking, playing baseball, performing Jiu Jitsu, and just hanging out in his family room. Despite all the medical issues he valiantly faced in his young life, he truly savored the little joys, such as eating his beloved “basagne” (lasagne) in NYC after his hospital visits.

Ray is survived by his parents, Amanda (nee Clark) and Raymond Anthony McCarthy, Sr., and his younger brother, Liam, of High Bridge, NJ; his maternal grandmother, Sharon Wilson, of High Bridge, NJ; his paternal grandfather, Raymond L. McCarthy, of Mt. Olive, NJ; his uncles, aunts,  and their children: Brian and Emelynn Joanne McCarthy and their son, Patrick, of Sparta, NJ; Amy Mifflin of Houston, TX; April and Gregg Guay and their daughter, Taylor, of Eaton, OH; Daniel and Karen Clark and their daughters, Amy and Nichole, of Dallas, TX; Angela and Steve Mark of Bonner Springs, KS; and many other loving relatives and friends.  He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Patricia McCarthy, and his maternal grandfather, Jerry Wilson.

A Celebration of Ray’s Life will include a visitation on Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 4pm to 8pm, at St. Luke Parish, 265 West Mill Road, Long Valley, NJ.  An 11am funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 16 at St. Luke Parish. A private interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, NJ.  William J. Leber Funeral Home in Chester, NJ is in charge of all arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke Parish for the creation of a memorial at a later date in Ray’s memory.  Please make checks payable to St. Luke Parish - memo: Little Ray Fund, and mail to St. Luke Parish, c/o Raymond McCarthy Memorial, 265 West Mill Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853.

For online condolences and information visit www.leberfuneralhome.com.  



We are two years in and still fighting...
Please look for further information to come shortly about our fundraising event as we kick-off our renewed fundraising goal to continue to off-set expenses. 

A Taste of the Towns: A Fundraiser for "Little" Ray
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 6:30pm
Hosted at St. Luke Church, Long Valley, NJ 07853

Suddenly and without warning, Little Ray McCarthy, our spunky and adventurous six-year-old Star Wars enthusiast, finds himself battling an alien creature called Glioma. Glioma isn’t an imaginary character in a fictional galaxy on a movie screen. Unfortunately, it is a very real and very devastating brain stem tumor, medically known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

According to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital website:

"DIPG is a type of tumor that starts in the brain stem, the part of the brain just above the back of the neck and connected to the spine. The brain stem controls breathing, heart rate and the nerves and muscles that helps us see, hear, walk, talk and eat. These tumors are called gliomas because they grow from glial cells, a type of supportive cell in the brain.

DIPG falls into the Glioma staging system, so they can be classified according to the four stages below based on how the cells look under the microscope. The grades are from the least severe to the most severe.

• Low Grade: Grade I or II means that the tumor cells are the closest to normal.
• High Grade: Grade III or IV means that these are the most aggressive tumors.

The main issue with DIPG is that most of these tumors are not classified by grade because surgery to obtain tissue by biopsy or to remove the tumor is not safe because of the location of the tumor. When these tumors are biopsied, they are usually grade III or grade IV tumors, which tend to behave very aggressively. Most of the tumors are diagnosed by their appearance on MRI."


More information about DIPG, including treatments and symptoms, can be accessed at: http://www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=b86c061585f70110VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD

Since the initial realization by his wonderful teachers at High Bridge Elementary School of an eye twitch and the subsequent diagnosis of his brain tumor, Little Ray’s parents, Ray and Amanda, have been valiantly and tirelessly helping their son fight this epic battle by performing research, conversing with noted neuro-oncologists at leading medical centers across the nation, reviewing clinical studies, while at the same time providing him with all of the love, warmth, and normalcy in this world.

We are praying for him, as well as reaching out to our communities, religious and local, for your support and prayers.  

On Friday, March 13, 2015, Little Ray was hospitalized at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. On Wednesday, March 18, Little Ray and family traveled to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City for an evaluation.  On this gofundme website, we’ll update you on his progress, further evaluations, and future encouragements.  So, please check back often.

In the meantime, this wonderful family, including younger brother Liam,  need not fight this battle alone. That’s why we are asking you to become a "Jedi warrior" for Little Ray by praying, sharing his story (please consider reposting via social media to help us get the word out), and donating whatever amount, no matter how big or small, to this account to help defray expenses related to his medical care.

Please become a part of the Little Ray Empire and strike back at Glioma today!

Prayer Partners:
Our Lady of the Mountain, Long Valley
St. Luke Parish, Long Valley
St. Mark the Evangelist, Long Valley
St. Lawrence the Martyr, Chester
Stanhope United Methodist
1st Presbyterian Church of Iselin
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Dear family, friends and prayer partners of
Little Ray McCarthy,

It is with a heavy heart and many thanks that we reach out to you on behalf of our whole family. Your support and love over these past many years has filled our home with love and well-wishes that have had a deeper impact than we can express.

Raymond Anthony McCarthy, Jr., “Little Ray,” age 10, of High Bridge, NJ passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family and friends, on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Ray, a High Bridge Elementary School student who was born on May 5, 2008 at Hunterdon Medical Center, lived his short life to the fullest and brought so much happiness and laughter to all those who knew and loved him.

“Ray” was the absolutely perfect name to be bestowed upon our little buddy because he was like a brilliant ray of sunshine, bursting into and lighting up a room with his enthusiasm, energy, and fast-talking chatter. He always was so excited to share a story, perform a magic trick, or express his opinions bluntly and with vigor. No one could ignore his dynamic presence, whether hearing him ask a barrage of questions, tell a joke, or simply recount his day. And, no one will ever forget his wide smile and charming ways.

A Star Wars and Harry Potter aficionado, Ray loved watching movies, especially when they were set up in the backyard for viewing, and hosting themed parties at his home or at Schooley’s Mountain Park. Visiting Walt Disney World, the North Carolina beaches, and his family locally and in Texas and Ohio also made the top of his list for favorite pastimes. A true outdoorsy kid, he loved playing in the treehouse and running around outside with his brother, as well as fossil hunting, fishing, and participating in all of the fun Cub Scout activities (especially the Pinewood Derby) with High Bridge Troop 149. Additionally, his passions included attending car races, watching the Food Network, reading cookbooks, cooking, playing baseball, performing Jiu Jitsu, and just hanging out in his family room. Despite all the medical issues he valiantly faced in his young life, he truly savored the little joys, such as eating his beloved “basagne” (lasagne) in NYC after his hospital visits.

Ray is survived by his parents, Amanda (nee Clark) and Raymond Anthony McCarthy, Sr., and his younger brother, Liam, of High Bridge, NJ; his maternal grandmother, Sharon Wilson, of High Bridge, NJ; his paternal grandfather, Raymond L. McCarthy, of Mt. Olive, NJ; his uncles, aunts, and their children: Brian and Emelynn Joanne McCarthy and their son, Patrick, of Sparta, NJ; Amy Mifflin of Houston, TX; April and Gregg Guay and their daughter, Taylor, of Eaton, OH; Daniel and Karen Clark and their daughters, Amy and Nichole, of Dallas, TX; Angela and Steve Mark of Bonner Springs, KS; and many other loving relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Patricia McCarthy, and his maternal grandfather, Jerry Wilson.

A Celebration of Ray’s Life will include a visitation on Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 4pm to 8pm, at St. Luke Parish, 265 West Mill Road, Long Valley, NJ. An 11am funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 16 at St. Luke Parish. A private interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, NJ. William J. Leber Funeral Home in Chester, NJ is in charge of all arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke Parish for the creation of a memorial at a later date in Ray’s memory. Please make checks payable to St. Luke Parish - memo: Little Ray Fund, and mail to St. Luke Parish, c/o Raymond McCarthy Memorial, 265 West Mill Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853.

For online condolences and information visit www.leberfuneralhome.com.
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March 13, 2016 - Marked the one year anniversary of Little Ray's diagnosis. I try not to let the events that unfolded that Friday that 13th consume my thoughts, however I realize that they will be forever etched in my mind. From time to time, and sometimes without reason or provocation I think about that day and our current situation. I wonder how this could happen to us and to such a perfect little boy. It is then that anger, resentment, self-pity and depression overwhelms me. Sometimes I wonder if I have the strength to continue this fight. Selfish isn't it, that I talk about my feelings when it is Little Ray who was forced into this fight? It is constant struggle to stay positive and the challenge may be even greater now than it was a year ago. I never thought I would have to lean on family and friends for support as much as I did this past year. In the process though I learned a few things, like it is ok to reach out to God, family and friends to ask for help. At first it was tough for me to ask for help. It created feelings of embarrassment, weakness and self-pity. That last one, self pity, is a tough one for me to get past. Although there was anxiety associated with asking for help I knew we could not enter this fight without a lot of it in our corner.
When I reflect on the past year I do remember the diagnosis and the time at the hospital. Unfortunately I remember every detail of those days. After the initial shock was starting to subside I remember the hunger for information. Endless research, phone calls, emails, meetings with doctors, etc. We were not accepting the opinion of the first doctor who told us there is nothing we can do and that nothing will change the ultimate outcome. I have to wonder if it was my guardian angel or his that protected him that day. I say thank God that doctor was such a useless idiot. Perhaps if he were more convincing we would have submitted back then and stayed in the hospital. Instead we told him we will agree to disagree and that he made it painfully obvious are treatment options were not at that hospital. We were out of there the following afternoon.
Needless to say we found a great team of doctors at MSKCC who, instead of saying, "Give up", said "Here are our options". We quickly assembled a team of top doctors in the field and who were engaged in some promising research. In addition to the folks at MSKCC we teamed up with great doctors in the fields of nutrition, chiropractic care, Chinese medicine, physical therapy, herbal medicine, as well as a faith healer and an energy healer. No stone unturned we say.
To summarize our past year Little Ray enrolled in two clinical trials involving a catheter inserted into the tumor where a monoclonal antibody tagged with a radioactive isotope was delivered. In addition, the second procedure was performed without steroids to potentially allow his immune system to attack the tumor cells marked by the antibodies.
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Although the procedure were performed successfully the team believes there are still viable tumor cells. We had a scare back in January when Ray complained of a headache. We took him into the hospital where a MRI revealed some swelling and perhaps tumor activity. Ray was placed on a massive dose of steroids to help reduce the swelling and allow fluids to drain. It was a Saturday night and we soon realized we would be staying at the hospital for a few days. The next day we could see the steroids working. Ray looked better, he no longer had a headache and we could sense some of the neurological issues were improving. The following Monday, a more involved MRI confirmed the findings. Ray was being scheduled for an operation to insert a shunt to help relieve pressure in the brain. That Wednesday, the day the operation was scheduled a doctor from the team entered the room to inform us Dr. Souweidane was out of surgery and that we should be in the O.R. around 1:30. About five minutes later Dr. Souweidane himself entered the room. Our room was already filled with friends and Uncle Brian had just arrived as well. Dr. Souweidane greeted Little Ray and told him he looked great. Then he turned to us and said he reviewed the images and agreed there was swelling, however he did not feel it was necessary to intervene at that time. He wanted Ray to prove he needed a shunt and he wanted to see if the steroids would effectively reduce swelling. He also said that although there was swelling, fluids still had room to drain. In disbelief I asked him several times, "so we're not going to need surgery"? He said if he thought Ray needed it he would install the shunt stating, "usually when I insert a shunt kids don't look this well" (pointing at Ray Ray). We thanked him and he smiled and left, but not before reminding Ray he was his "superstar". I believe they even exchanged a "thumbs up". The other doctor from the team asked if we were happy with Dr. Souweidane's opinion. We enthusiastically agreed. He told us he was going to make us even happier; we were going home with a script for steroids. From facing a surgical procedure one minute to being discharged from the hospital five minutes later. I believe this was a miracle at God's hand having been up most of the night praying by Ray's bed. A few weeks later Ray was vomiting. We were told vomiting could be a sign of hydrocephalus (pressure in the brain) so we took him back to MSKCC. I got the call while at work so I started on my way home as Amanda and Ray headed to NY. We met somewhere in the middle so we could all drive in together. I remember when I was getting out of my truck Amanda and Ray pulled up in front of me. The rear window rolled down and I hear Little Ray's voice say, Daddy I'm alright. I was a little sick this morning but now I feel better". That was enough to put me at ease. When we got to the hospital they ordered a MRI. "Another MRI" I said, "I can't take these damn MRIs anymore because my anxiety is through the roof". Channeling my inner doctor I tried to convince those with actual medical degrees that it had to be a stomach bug because he is otherwise doing fine. Apparently I wasn't convincing enough because they went ahead with a quick 5 minute MRI just to make sure things looked ok. While waiting I kept peeking through the door back up on the pediatric floor just to see if I could catch a glimpse of something. I tried to make eye contact with people so they knew I was anxiously waiting. Every time I saw a nurse or doctor looking at a computer screen I tried to read the expression on his or her face. What's wrong? Did they see something on the image? Just then a nurse came out with a serious look on her face. She was walking right towards me. She said, "dear I know you are anxious so the doctors wanted me to come out and tell you the results were back and everything looks good". Thank God! She told us the doctors would see us shortly but she wanted me to have the news so I wasn't worrying. When we went back to see the Dr. Dalvi and Dr. De Braganca (Dr. D)Ray was talking up a storm and joking around. Dr. D sat back in his chair laughing saying, "He's back"! It turned out the welling was down and things were draining fine despite the fact that we were reducing the steroids each week. We left on a high note and hit a Cracker Barrel for a late dinner on the way home. Ray Ray loves Cracker Barrel so it was a good way to end the day. Of course it was during dinner that we realized we still had to pick up my truck.
We also started a new targeted drug that is showing promise in both in vitro and in vivo studies. Since this drug can affect the heart and blood cell counts, Ray is being monitored weekly. His EKG's have been stable and his blood work has been fairly good. We are seeing lower platelet counts so we are making diet and exercise adjustments to help increase these numbers. Of course there are plenty of doctors out there stating diet and exercise can't affect platelet counts but we're trying it anyway. The drug is prescribed for use three weeks on and one week off. This was our first off week before starting another cycle on Monday. The idea being that the body can recover somewhat during the "off" week. We go back to MSKCC tomorrow for more blood work and to make sure the platelet counts are such that we can start the next cycle.
Little Ray continues to do well although the steroids caused him to gain 17 pounds in under seven weeks. The bloating, weight gain and large amount of water retention are still noticeable. I believe it is also making some of the neurological symptoms more pronounced. To help combat the side effects, Ray has been going to acupuncture and physical therapy and he is getting more exercise. We also make adjustments to his diet and supplements to help shed some of the water weight and extra pounds.
It is a never ending struggle with enough ups and downs to make one dizzy, however overall we are very grateful to see Ray participating in scouts, swimming on the weekends, continuing with his school work via home tutoring and playing with his brother and his friends. I have to say he takes it all in stride and other than the numerous visits to doctors he leads a very normal and happy life. He has a lot of big dreams for a kid, everything from being a billionaire, to opening a restaurant that gets featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", to being a scientist or engineer, or an explorer and treasure hunter. We feel it is our job to make sure he fulfills those dreams. I pray and hope that one day we can reflect back on this nightmare we've been living for the past year and realize how it strengthened us; strengthened our family, our friendships, and our faith. I also hope and pray that once cured, Little Ray only knows of a time during his early childhood when he was inconvenienced just a bit in an effort to cure an issue with his eye. Let's all pray for another year filled with joy, health and miracles.
~ Ray McCarthy (Dad)


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Little Ray Update – 6/8/15

After several weeks of waiting, we are now heading back to MSKCC for follow up imaging. Tomorrow morning we get to see what effect six weeks of radiation, a cancer fighting diet, an arsenal of supplements, positive attitude, and the power of prayer had on the tumor. This will be the first time images are being taken since the diagnosis back in March. To say I am nervous would be a gross understatement of the facts. I cursed this damn tumor for over twelve weeks now and I still have a hard time talking about it in the same sentence with Little Ray. I find myself referring to it as “the tumor” and not “Little Ray’s tumor” because I’m praying it is only a temporary unwanted guest who has already outstayed its welcome. Ray is doing great by-the-way. He looks great, feels great, and his energy levels remain in the “tough to keep up” category. His eye movement improved to the point where it would be difficult for anyone to notice. I remain cautiously optimistic that things are heading in the right direction, however only tomorrow’s images can confirm my observations. I’m also not fooling myself; I know radiation was only the opening salvo and we still have a war to win.

Ray has to be at MSKCC by 10:00 AM to get prepped and consult with the anesthesiologist. Unfortunately Ray must be under anesthesia for the MRI. This will ensure he remains still for the 45 minute procedure so we can get clear images. The MRI is scheduled for noon and at some point we will meet with one of the three doctors involved with the study. I am preparing for a long day in NY. I am not a big fan of the city and certainly not under these circumstances. In addition to finding out what is going on with the tumor we will also find out if Little Ray is eligible for the clinical trial. Tomorrow is a very important day for us.

These updates continue to serve as therapy for me, to help organize my thoughts, and to keep our friends and family in the loop. Please indulge me while I selfishly make part of this update about me. A few weeks back, after Ray completed his treatments, I reentered the workplace not knowing what to expect. I remember worrying excessively on the ride down to our office; wondering what people would say to me or how they would view my situation. I envisioned a lot of somber faces and perhaps uncomfortable conversations about Little Ray and his condition. I was almost sick as I pushed open the door that morning. “Here it goes” I thought, I knew had to face it sooner or later. I arrived early which was good because the office wasn’t busy yet. This allowed me to ease into the day and test the waters. I even thought I may be able to blend in and nobody would notice. It felt weird being back and my thoughts were obviously back home with Little Ray and Liam. Despite all of my worry and concern over facing coworkers for the first time in nearly 8 weeks I was shocked I could be so wrong. Everyone greeted me with a smile and words of encouragement. The day turned out to be a very positive and uplifting experience. I can honestly say the entire company rallied behind my family’s fight in an unbelievable show of force. The gifts, donations, words of encouragement and, most of all, prayers were offered up in short order. People who only knew me by name and through my updates on the website made a point to stop by and offer prayers and help. I always say there is something to be said about living in a small town community. There is something to be equally said about working for a family run business that takes care of its employees. From the first phone call I made at the hospital when we got word of the diagnosis, I was assured I had the company’s support. In fact, my seventeenth anniversary at the company nearly coincided with the start of Little Ray’s treatments. I am not alone either. I had subcontractors ask me on several occasions if anyone worked for Torcon less than 15 years. This speaks volumes about the culture of our company and the Torcivia family in general. I am truly grateful to be part of such an organization. With the support my family is receiving from so many people who touched our lives, we couldn’t be more prepared to lower our shoulder into this fight! We are truly blessed.

I found this daily reading on Catholic Online:

Monday, June 8, 2015
Second Corinthians 1:1

Paul, by the will of God an apostle of Christ Jesus, and Timothy, our brother, to the church of God in Corinth and to all God's holy people in the whole of Achaia. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father and the God who gives every possible encouragement; he supports us in every hardship, so that we are able to come to the support of others, in every hardship of theirs because of the encouragement that we ourselves receive from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow into our lives; so too does the encouragement we receive through Christ. So if we have hardships to undergo, this will contribute to your encouragement and your salvation; if we receive encouragement, this is to gain for you the encouragement which enables you to bear with perseverance the same sufferings as we do. So our hope for you is secure in the knowledge that you share the encouragement we receive, no less than the sufferings we bear.

Thank you all for your continued support and prayers. I only ask that you make Little Ray a special intention in your prayers tomorrow and that we may have a miraculous outcome.

Ray McCarthy, Sr.
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Catherine Seals-Speicher
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Thoughts and prayers from our family to yours! -The Speicher & Seals Family

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Amy Sparano Borchin
33 months ago
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I just read about another little boy in the area diagnosed with DIPG (Logan Kinkin). It made me think of Ray. I hope his treatment is still going well. Sending prayers.

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Brian Derasmo
36 months ago
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Big Ray, It has been several years since we worked together, but I want you to know that you and your family have been in my prayers since I learned about your son's battle earlier this year. I pray that the treatments are going well and that you and your family remain strong during this fight. Best Wishes, Brian Derasmo

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Christine Spinella
43 months ago
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Good morning, I hope today is a big day for Little Ray, as it's "May the Fourth be with you"! We are trying to help with the food "experiments" that work for the whole family but have only made desserts so far, maybe you can let Brian M know what type of dinners would work and we can try that? I know all of this is going to work, the medicine, food and prayers and he is going to beat this!

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Dave Giuliani
43 months ago
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Hope your day today was awesome!

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Phil Benedict
44 months ago
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I am praying for all of you!!!!

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Susan Herlihy
44 months ago
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We are part of your prayer partners. You are in our thoughts daily. We are sending strenthen, hope and faith.

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Donald Gallant
44 months ago
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Ray another contractor also told me about a doctor in Texas as Leisa Wilson posted earlier Dr. Burzynski. I have heard he has a very good success rate . God Bless and we all will continue to Pray.

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Leisa Wilson
44 months ago
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Hello, there is a doctor in Texas conducting clinical trials with much success even with stage 4 glioblastomas. His name is Dr. Burzynski . I hope this gives you an option that might help Little Ray.

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Ali Barr
44 months ago
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Hey Cousin Ray, I loved your letter detailing your nightmare, followed by the blessing of peace and faith. We are praying here in Utah for recovery, healing peace and blessings. I'm sorry to be so far away but you are always close to us in our hearts.

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Raymond McCarthy
44 months ago
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For our prayer partners, friends, and family that have been asking, Little Ray's full name is: Raymond Anthony McCarthy, JR

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Amy Mifflin
44 months ago
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Thank you cousin Jeff for setting up GoFundMe for the family! To all my Facebook friends, please consider helping our family, my nephew, in this time of need...your continued warm wishes, prayers and thoughts are always welcome. xoxo

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Teresa
3 days ago

My family prayers are with you all !

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I just read about another little boy in the area diagnosed with DIPG (Logan Kinkin). It made me think of Ray. I hope his treatment is still going well. Sending prayers.

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Brian Derasmo
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Big Ray, It has been several years since we worked together, but I want you to know that you and your family have been in my prayers since I learned about your son's battle earlier this year. I pray that the treatments are going well and that you and your family remain strong during this fight. Best Wishes, Brian Derasmo

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Christine Spinella
43 months ago
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Good morning, I hope today is a big day for Little Ray, as it's "May the Fourth be with you"! We are trying to help with the food "experiments" that work for the whole family but have only made desserts so far, maybe you can let Brian M know what type of dinners would work and we can try that? I know all of this is going to work, the medicine, food and prayers and he is going to beat this!

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Dave Giuliani
43 months ago
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Hope your day today was awesome!

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Phil Benedict
44 months ago
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I am praying for all of you!!!!

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Susan Herlihy
44 months ago
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We are part of your prayer partners. You are in our thoughts daily. We are sending strenthen, hope and faith.

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Donald Gallant
44 months ago
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Ray another contractor also told me about a doctor in Texas as Leisa Wilson posted earlier Dr. Burzynski. I have heard he has a very good success rate . God Bless and we all will continue to Pray.

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Leisa Wilson
44 months ago
1
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Hello, there is a doctor in Texas conducting clinical trials with much success even with stage 4 glioblastomas. His name is Dr. Burzynski . I hope this gives you an option that might help Little Ray.

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Ali Barr
44 months ago
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Hey Cousin Ray, I loved your letter detailing your nightmare, followed by the blessing of peace and faith. We are praying here in Utah for recovery, healing peace and blessings. I'm sorry to be so far away but you are always close to us in our hearts.

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Raymond McCarthy
44 months ago
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For our prayer partners, friends, and family that have been asking, Little Ray's full name is: Raymond Anthony McCarthy, JR

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Amy Mifflin
44 months ago
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Thank you cousin Jeff for setting up GoFundMe for the family! To all my Facebook friends, please consider helping our family, my nephew, in this time of need...your continued warm wishes, prayers and thoughts are always welcome. xoxo

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Teresa
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My family prayers are with you all !

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