Update 6-22-19: Friday morning, Canio Nicholas went with the angels to be with God. He passed peacefully with both parents by his side. He was strong, and fought so hard. He will be returning home this weekend, with his parents.
The Zarrillo family are the strongest, bravest, most loving and selfless people I know. They will need our love, support, and prayers in the upcoming days. We will continue to update you on ways to support this family. Please uplift this family in your continuous prayers.
“13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10: 13-16”
Update 5-9-19: Canio Nicholas Zarrillo was born on January 19, 2019 at 10:40 pm at Healthpark Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida. At 6 weeks early he weighed 6 lbs. 1 oz, and was directly admitted to the NICU at Golisano’s Children’s Hospital. Canio spent over 8 weeks in the hospital, before coming home with only a feeding tube for 28 days.
On April 14, he stopped breathing and was rushed back to the hospital. After a week he was air flighted via helicopter to other coast for further testing.
Since April 24, Canio has been in the NICU at Joe DiMaggio Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. Kat (his mom) is with him in Hollywood, and has not left his bedside while Nick is taking care of their daughter while working.
Doctors are working hard to fully understand Canio’s medical needs and future plans for him. They’re currently awaiting insurance approval for a hospital transfer closer to home. Prayers are needed to guide doctor’s hands and decisions, but the Zarillo family is in need of assistance too. Health insurance will cover some of the costs from delivery, the hospital stays, testing, and transfers but their expenses are enormous.
Kathryn is a teacher in Cape Coral, and has been out of work since January. Nick is a police officer for the Cape Coral Police Department, and has been working overtime protecting the community on night shift while also teaching at the Southwest Florida Law Enforcement Academy and taking caring of their daughter Liliana with help from their families.
If you know Kat and Nick, they would never ask for help. This beautiful family has dedicated their lives to serving others, and now its our turn to serve them and support them.
If you wish to make a donation directly, you can write a check to CCPD FOP Police Officer's Memorial Fund (with Zarrillo in the memo line) and drop off at the Cape Coral Police Department during normal office hours. Please label them ATTN Det. Tracy Coons or Sgt Paul Blanchard !