Help Baby Shane Beat Cancer

$95,445 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 1,209 people in 43 months
Katie DaSilva
on behalf of Michael O'Donnell
 UNION, NJ
January 19, 2016, just one week after their son Shane turned 1 and 3 days before their 3rd child's due date, Tina and Mike O'Donnell heard the devestating words no parent should ever have to hear: "Your son has Cancer." With those 4 words their lives are changed forever.

Sweet, little baby Shane has been diagnosed with aggressive neuroblastoma, with tumors behind his eyes and on his pelvis and abdomen. Brave little Shane has already begun his battle and started chemotherapy.

Family, Friends, Good people of the Universe, lets rally together and raise some money for this beautiful family in their hour of need. Any amount no matter the size is appreciated!

Together we can help Tina and Mike with their cost of living, Shane's medical bills, or any other financial needs they may encounter along this journey. 

Together we can help them focus on what really matters, ensuring Shane has every possible advantage in his corner as this family prepares for the fight of their lives!

Shane is a beautiful boy who deserves the best chance at life.

Together we can support Shane!

Together we WILL BEAT THIS!!
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We are happy to share with you that as of June 16th Shane is officially in remission! We returned to CHOP 5 days later to have his port and his broviac lines removed.

It has been a very long 17 month process, but to see him run around, play in the water and interact with other kids is an awfully nice reward.

In some ways it was a bitter sweet day being that my father, Jim O'Donnell, who was a tremendous help and who created an airtight bond with Shane, suffered a subarachnoid brain hemmorage in early April. He remained in a coma for a month before he passed away on May 4th and was not there to celebrate. My dad often spoke of what that day would be like and although we know he was there with us in spirit, it sure would have been nice to see those two embrace!

We remain eternally grateful for all of the support we received from friends, families and even total strangers. We learned that there are a lot of good people in the world anxious to make a difference in the lives of others.

The O'Donnell's
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Much has happened since our last update... We have blown past the one year marker of Shane's diagnosis, we celebrated Shane's 2nd birthday and enjoyed Alexa's 1st birthday which collectively reminds us of how far we've come.

Just after Christmas, Shane began immunotherapy treatments to help retrain his immune system to fight off bad cells. It consists of two main drugs that are given through his central lines at the hospital and several other drugs once he returns home. Shane will have to complete 6 rounds in total, 2 of which we did already. From this point forward he should be repeating the same steps as those which we have just done, so we have an idea of what we can expect.

As always, Shane remains upbeat and happy as can be. He still thinks he owns the hospital everytime he gets admitted. He runs around the halls singing, flirting with the nurses and saying "hi" to everyone we pass even if it is the same 5 people 30 times.

We are grateful for all the hardworking nurses and doctors that see he gets the best from them each and every day.

As we move closer to the end of the treatment plan we can continue to use your daily prayers as relapse is the scary reality in half the children with this disease.

Thank you to everyone that continues to motivate, cheer on and pray for Shane as he continues plugging along!

Mike and Tina
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November 12, 2016-from Mike and Tina


We are approaching the 10 month marker from Shane's initial diagnosis and we are starting to see the light at the end of the treatment tunnel. As of our last update Shane had his 2nd auto stem cell transplant and spent 3 weeks in the hospital recovering. He was very anxious to get home to begin doing the things kids should be doing once again. He's made the most of his restrictions while he has been home because he likes to play outside and the weather has been pretty cooperative.

He has made weekly trips to CHOP for follow up appointments and then on October 24th he began radiation on the area in his abdomen where the primary tumor was located. He was put under anesthesia for 12 straight day until he got to ring the bell on November 8th. It was an exciting moment but there is still more to do. Shane will get another round of scans next month and then begin the first of 6 months of immunotherapy just before the New Year. Shane continues to amaze and inspire!

He's as active and happy as any 22 month old and it's really rewarding to see. He is most proud of his new hair which has recently made an appearance. With your continued prayers and positive thoughts, we will keep plugging away at his treatment. Thank you for all of your support, donations, well wishes, prayers and love! We cannot thank you all enough!
With love,
The O'Donnell Family
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August 30, 2016

It's been a while since our last update but things have gone well. We have blown past the 7 month marker since Shane's diagnosis and aren't too interested in looking back. Shane completed his 2nd and final round of high dose chemotherapy and will receive his last stem cell transplant tomorrow. This has been a grueling summer with consecutive month long stays in the hospital, but once he's discharged we should be beyond the halfway point of his treatment. The high dose chemotherapy treatments he received essentially stripped him of his immune system so the stem cells help his body to begin reproducing the bone marrow and white blood cells he needs to fight off infections. It takes some time so he will be under many restrictions until December. After his body recovers from the transplant he will have a few weeks home and then he will begin radiation. We will learn more about that in the weeks to come.

Through all of this Shane never ceases to amaze us. Somehow he manages to go through all of this will a smile on his face and a lot of love in his heart. He lights up every time he gets a chance to hug and kiss his sisters and they react the same way to him. We look forward to getting him home so he has the freedom to run around and play ball the way he loves to do.

Thank you for all the continuous love, prayers and support and thank you to all of the friends that have worked so hard to set up fundraising efforts and raised awareness.

Love,
The O'Donnell's
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Cherie McNellis
43 months ago
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The generosity of all of you astounds me. I am sitting at my work computer with tears in my eyes. Thank you Katie DaSilva for being our go to person. Baby Shane much love and positivity coming your way.

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Megan Washburn
43 months ago
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I am a mother of a baby girl who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 5 months old she received 42 chemo treatments and rang her end of treatment bell on January 9, 2016 she is now a feisty 22 month old toddler! You can do this and so can your son because surviving this is the ONLY option! From Sloan to Shane they are #borntobebrave

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Tom Rhodes
42 months ago
1
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Money doesn't buy the cure for cancer. Ask Sam Walton or David Bowie. However, the cure for cancer is readily available to those who seek Truth over all else. And if you are interested in the truth of this particular matter (cancer) I suggest you visit the website called A Course in Truth. Those who seek do indeed find.

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Duke Baxter
43 months ago
1
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All the guys at Zoned wanted to share our love and prayers! Kick some butt Shane!

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Caravella-Immersi Toni
43 months ago
1
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God Bless Shane, Please go to CHOP in Philly, a child in my sons pre-k class had great success there,

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Jenny Frazier
43 months ago
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Sending love to you from Houston! Thinking of Shane...

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John Lynam
43 months ago

Great job on setting up this fund. So pleased that many of my fellow New Jersey State Federation of Umpires have stepping "up to the plate" to help Michael & his family!

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Bill Kilduff
25 months ago

Words can't express my happiness. Have always kept Shane in my prayers. Hope to be back on the field next spring and see you again.

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Chris Petiya
38 months ago

We love you guys! Keep kicking butt shane! Everyone is behind you!

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Deanna Renee
41 months ago

You mention not knowing how you would be able to ever thank everyone .... It's simple .... You don't have to! We all love you guys and we all are here for you no matter what. Keeping fighting, #shanestrong xoxo

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Susan Aquila Seunath
43 months ago

Praying for your baby boy and your family to stay strong and positive.

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Derrick Ahovi
43 months ago

I am praying for him too. kindly consider our fund raising too and help to purchase Land for worship

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Linda Mania
43 months ago

God bless you, Shane! Praying for him and his family. I am friends with Kerri Nastasi, and she shared this on her page. I could not sit by without helping such a beautiful little soul -- even with my tiny contribution. God be with him!

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Bridget Price-Pollara
43 months ago

Sending all our prayers to your family and little guy.

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Created January 22, 2016
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Crystal Herzog
33 months ago

I pray that he beats this and gets well soon. Love The Herzog's

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vichai soysouvanh
35 months ago

Really hope baby can go through this....

Cherie McNellis
43 months ago
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The generosity of all of you astounds me. I am sitting at my work computer with tears in my eyes. Thank you Katie DaSilva for being our go to person. Baby Shane much love and positivity coming your way.

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Megan Washburn
43 months ago
2
2

I am a mother of a baby girl who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 5 months old she received 42 chemo treatments and rang her end of treatment bell on January 9, 2016 she is now a feisty 22 month old toddler! You can do this and so can your son because surviving this is the ONLY option! From Sloan to Shane they are #borntobebrave

+ Read More
Tom Rhodes
42 months ago
1
1

Money doesn't buy the cure for cancer. Ask Sam Walton or David Bowie. However, the cure for cancer is readily available to those who seek Truth over all else. And if you are interested in the truth of this particular matter (cancer) I suggest you visit the website called A Course in Truth. Those who seek do indeed find.

+ Read More
Duke Baxter
43 months ago
1
1

All the guys at Zoned wanted to share our love and prayers! Kick some butt Shane!

+ Read More
Caravella-Immersi Toni
43 months ago
1
1

God Bless Shane, Please go to CHOP in Philly, a child in my sons pre-k class had great success there,

+ Read More
Jenny Frazier
43 months ago
1
1

Sending love to you from Houston! Thinking of Shane...

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John Lynam
43 months ago

Great job on setting up this fund. So pleased that many of my fellow New Jersey State Federation of Umpires have stepping "up to the plate" to help Michael & his family!

+ Read More
Bill Kilduff
25 months ago

Words can't express my happiness. Have always kept Shane in my prayers. Hope to be back on the field next spring and see you again.

+ Read More
Chris Petiya
38 months ago

We love you guys! Keep kicking butt shane! Everyone is behind you!

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Deanna Renee
41 months ago

You mention not knowing how you would be able to ever thank everyone .... It's simple .... You don't have to! We all love you guys and we all are here for you no matter what. Keeping fighting, #shanestrong xoxo

+ Read More
Susan Aquila Seunath
43 months ago

Praying for your baby boy and your family to stay strong and positive.

+ Read More
Derrick Ahovi
43 months ago

I am praying for him too. kindly consider our fund raising too and help to purchase Land for worship

+ Read More
Linda Mania
43 months ago

God bless you, Shane! Praying for him and his family. I am friends with Kerri Nastasi, and she shared this on her page. I could not sit by without helping such a beautiful little soul -- even with my tiny contribution. God be with him!

+ Read More
Bridget Price-Pollara
43 months ago

Sending all our prayers to your family and little guy.

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