The Diagnosis - Heartbreak
It was a normal day at work, except it was raining, and suddenly he didn’t feel well. For a week, he was working like nothing happened, thinking it was a cold or something. He went to the doctor when he couldn’t walk. The doctor did a blood analysis on him and told him to go to the hospital. Upon arriving at the hospital he was told by the doctors that he needed to be moved to a special hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center. So, after being transported to Hackensack, he received the news. It was heartbreaking for him to hear it because he saw the devastation in his wife’s face and he was concerned about his son and daughter.
He felt that he failed his children. He had plans to do great things for his family. Will is currently a senior in high school and is planning to go to college. He also is a Volunteer Firefighter at Closter Fire Department. Jackie is currently an 8th grader in middle school.
Having to battle Leukemia for him has been one of the toughest battles he has encountered. He immigrated from Mexico when he became an adult. He comes from a humble background having to work everyday when he was a kid to make ends meet. It was hard for him growing up without a father and mother to mentor him through a tumultuous path. He had to face a lot of challenges alone with no support from people. He tried living in Mexico, but it was hard. There were so many hardships and he had a family that he couldn’t trust. He helped some of his family members when they needed it the most, but they turned their backs on him later. They stole many of his things and accomplishments he worked hard to get, like his house.
The American Dream
When it was time, he decided to immigrate to the United States because he wanted to start a new life knowing that he had nothing except ambition. Adjusting to the American lifestyle was hard at first because he had nothing and it was a new experience, but little by little he felt that he found the American Dream. He had the fortune to find a job and a home in Closter. He worked at Closter Golf for over twenty years.
Bone Marrow Donor - His Son
His days were numbered when he was told that he had Leukemia, but he beat the odds. Having to go through chemotherapy has been one of the worst things because it has taken a toll on him, mentally and physically. The doctors informed him that he needed a Bone Marrow Transplant.
None of his siblings were compatible bone marrow donors. After that frustrating process of finding a matching donor, his eighteen year old son asked to do a compatibility test. Fortunately, he was compatible.
He has stated that he’s lucky to have a son who never second guessed donating his bone marrow even after being stressed with trying to keep up with school work, being the head of the house, and other duties. He has had to take on a lot of the responsibilities that Cirilo would normally do because the father cannot currently do them in his condition.
His wife is working really hard to keep up with the payments but it has been rough. It hurts him to see his 18 year old son to take on all these responsibilities and having to care of him because it’s a lot to ask for a person his age. He’s had to sacrifice a lot to help everyone.
Not Giving Up
Currently, he’s home and he’s not able to work or go outside of his house except for appointments with the doctors. He has sacrificed a lot in his life and has faced a lot of life and death challenges. But he has never ever decided to give up.
He doesn’t want to see his family struggle and go down the wrong path. He doesn’t want anything bad to happen to them. Although, this has been hard for him, his family has never lost hope and they have been very loyal to him. He wants his son to go to college, something he couldn’t do, and he’s concerned that he might not because he’s been responsible of the well-being of the family and the house. He’s also concerned about his daughter. He wants her to go to college as well.
How You Can Help
He does not want to let his family down and that is why he needs the community to help him and his family out by donating money to help pay for their expenses such as food, rent, and college costs. He doesn’t want his kids’ dream of going to college and other dreams to be crushed. He wants his children to succeed and have their dreams come true.
We would appreciate anything you can give - no donation is too small.
All donations will be given to the Carbajal family.
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Massimo (on behalf of Cirilo and the Carbajal Family)
- Nancy Lopus
- Lori Scalera
- Janet Felice
Organizer and beneficiary
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