In early 2017 Caren and Steve Kromphold a young couple from Colonia, NJ found out the exciting news they’d be adding to their sweet family by the end of the year. Married for over 7 years, they were overwhelmed with joy to be growing their family and give their 3 year old daughter April a sibling! Everyone around them knows their genuine devotion as parents to April and their love of children. Caren’s selfless positive attitude and ability to make the best of the worst translated into a career dedicated to enriching the lives of children as a guidance counselor in their hometown. Steve, a fun loving stay at home dad devoted to April was ready for his newest Giant fan to join the team.
The couple shared their good news with family and friends and found out this time they were having a boy! Their son would be a true gift to look forward to in the Christmas season. On December 9, 2017 Jason Alan Kromphold was welcomed to the world. He was born at 1:32 pm weighing in at 6lbs 12oz and 20 1/2 inches long. Two days later mom and newborn Jason were discharged from the hospital eager to settle in at home.
Ten days after many happy introductions with loved ones, baby Jason was not acting himself. He would not eat, was making moaning noises, was lethargic and had a low-grade fever. He was taken to his pediatrician, examined and sent home. Later in the evening, Caren and Steve could tell Jason was getting worse and took him to the hospital emergency room. His condition deteriorated, many tests were run and he was ultimatley transfered to a different hospital. Baby Jason was diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis- an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord that caused an infection to spread throughout his little body and affected all his organs. Jason earned the nickname Little Warrior, but sadly could not be saved. He peacefully passed away in his Mother's arms with Dad beside them on December 22, 2017.
Caren and Steve have started to receive medical bills from Jason's fight. The ambulance bill alone to transfer to a different hospital was over $4000. It is tragic that they lost their son and with your support we can help ease this financial stress from their incomprehensible loss.
- Matthew Gallagher
- Andie Fazio
- Mark Lemoncelli
- Susan Olivo
- Danielle Tamez
Organizer and beneficiary
Geneen Germinario Kneller