Prayers & Support for Brock Caruso
It’s funny how normal, everyday life can change in the blink of an eye. Thursday, February 25th was like any other day in the Caruso household; until 7-year-old Brock Caruso got up for school and passed a large amount of blood through his urine. A mere 24 hours later, and after being admitted to Joe DiMaggio’s Children Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, it was discovered that Brock’s left kidney was engulfed by a cancerous mass. Brock was diagnosed with stage IV Wilms that had spread to his lungs. His kidney was beyond recognition and dysfunctional, and a few short days later, which felt like months to family and friends, Brock would undergo a five-hour surgery to remove his left kidney, along with the 8-pound mass. Being the strong Brock that he is, he made it through like a champ and spent the next 2 weeks recovering in the hospital. Brock will now undergo radiation, as well as chemotherapy for approximately 6-8 months. While not much is known regarding Brock’s long-term prognosis, what is known is he can no longer play his beloved lacrosse, horse around with his little sister, Peyton, or attend 1st grade classes until the treatments are completed.
Brock is my amazing nephew, and his family has not yet given much thought to the financial burden this will place upon them, such as medical bills, the expense of hiring care for Brock while Scott and Kristine work, etc. So many people are asking what they can do, how they can help, can they send them money, food, etc. I have therefore taken the initiative to start this Go Fund Me page in an effort to help alleviate the stress from my brother and his wife as they dedicate all they have to caring for Brock. I hope this also provides a platform for the countless number of friends and family wanting to offer their support to Brock. We cannot thank you all enough for everything you have already done as we continue to be Brock Strong!
It's week 21 and we thank you all so much for your prayers, support and generosity. Brock had scans today and the chest CT showed that the cancer that metastasized to his lungs has been reduced to much smaller lung nodules. Your donations are deposited into an account and are being used toward his care and copays. Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and everyone of you!❤️
On February 25th, 2016 our lives changed forever. Now, 8 months later, 33 weeks of chemo, a few weeks of radiation, mounds of medications, boat loads of barf bags, heaps of support, continuous prayers, tons of well wishes, enormous outpourings of love and community support...we venture off to JDCH for the scans to evaluate the success of his treatment. Your continued thoughts, prayers and support have been felt through our whole family and all that good energy surely lended to Brock's strength and healing. He is starting to feel good now! ❤️
It's week 27 of this journey. This past week Brock's blood counts hit the lowest of all time, yet still he stayed positive and unusually upbeat. He said he was thankful that so many people cared about what he is going through and how they have helped him and our family with prayers and support (not in those exact words, but he knows). Thank you all who have helped us power through this. We are so appreciative !
Please join us this Thursday June 9, 2016 from 6:00 - 11:00 pm at Shooter's Waterfront Cafe USA in Ft. Lauderdale for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, "BROCK STRONG" Fundraising Event! https://www.stbaldricks.org/dashboard/event/12626/2016
Brock I will be praying for a speedy recovery. You are such a brave boy and I'm so proud of you. Before long you will be back to your old self but even better. Please respond and tell me a little about yourself. Love Kitty Perkasie, Pa.