Mason Wasz' Emergency Expense Fund

$32,746 of $15k goal

Raised by 517 people in 2 months
Kimberlie Singer Zaharias
on behalf of Raymond Wasz
 CRYSTAL LAKE, IL
On January 28, little Mason Wasz was air lifted to Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago.  Melissa and Mike are asking their family and friends for their love, prayers, and positive mojo, which I am certain we are all doing!  However, the reality is, this is a huge financial impact to their family, and something they shouldn’t have to worry about as their son fights for his life.  

Mason had been at the pediatrician three times in the last 2 days with a cough, and then the ER on Friday night for fluids.  They were told it was viral and would have to run its course.  Saturday afternoon, Mason was lethargic and Mike called an ambulance.  Mason was unresponsive with a faint heartbeat and shallow breathing, and Mike gave him CPR with the guidance of dispatch.  The ambulance took him to the hospital in Huntley, where he was stabilized and then Flight for Life airlifted him to Chicago.  

Melissa and Mike don’t have many answers yet, but Mason’s body is responding to meds and treatment, and they continue to run tests.  They are waiting for Mason to be stable enough to run a CT scan, to check for brain activity.  It is still unknown how long he was without oxygen.  He is breathing with help and is being sedated to let his little body rest.

Melissa and Mike have been told that Mason will be at Lurie’s for at least a week, if not more.  They are unsure what the future holds for Mason, and they have been told to be prepared for a long road ahead.

The Wasz family are simply wonderful!  Many may know Mike as the mailman for downtown Crystal Lake, or perhaps Melissa has taught your son or daughter how to skate at the Crystal Ice House?  John and I would like to help ease their financial burden a bit, so that they can concentrate on getting Mason better.  We are asking for your help too.  Please consider donating, and of course, please keep this little boy in your thoughts and prayers!!
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Update 5
Posted by Kimberlie Singer Zaharias
2 months ago
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I know many of you have been asking for details about Mason's Visitation and Funeral.

Both events will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dundee, IL.

Visitation will be Tuesday February 7, 2017 from 3p to 8p.

Funeral will be Wednesday February 8, 2017 at 11a. There will be a Visitation prior beginning at 10a.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Immanuel Lutheran School Dundee, IL in Mason's memory.
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Update 4
Posted by Kimberlie Singer Zaharias
2 months ago
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It is with deep sadness that I am sharing Melissa's update on sweet Mason. Please pray for the Wasz family, as they now have to do the unthinkable.

Well friends...tonight we will be saying goodbye to our perfect Mason. We signed all paperwork last night with Gift of Hope and his organs and tissues will go to help other kids not have to be in this situation. It's comforting to us to know that hopefully Mason will live on in others. Because Mason is everyone's "Little Helper", as we always called him, he would want that...to know that he is giving the gift of life to someone who needs it. That's the ultimate help.

I was able to sleep with him and cuddle him last night for a couple hours for the first time since Saturday which was awesome.

Today we have spent the day getting a hand mold done, locks of hair snipped and handprints and footprints done on paper. They are truly beautiful.

We know that you are all behind us holding us up. We couldn't get through this without your love and support. We are lucky that we and Mason have so much! We are gonna need it. We have realized through this what amazing people we truly have around us.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything while on this journey.

We love you all.
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Update 3
Posted by Kimberlie Singer Zaharias
2 months ago
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I just wanted to share the latest update from Melissa. This is taken directly from her Facebook page, so some of you may have already received this information:

Uugghhh!! Mason is a strong little munchkin and he is doing his best. He is such a fighter and everyone is fighting for him. The staff here is amazing. I can't tell them enough how safe and trusting we feel with them and how lovely and caring they are. Angels here on earth.

Unfortunately, we have heard that things aren't going as well for our little man. He is not responding well anymore to the meds being given. We have had many tough conversations with the doctors, nurses and specialists today. We have a meeting tomorrow with various specialists from all departments to try to figure out what's best for Mason after todays news. We have gotten a lot of information and we have to find strength to face these discussions.

He has had a ton of love from awesome people today and thanks so much for coming to see him. He and we love each and everyone of you. He and we also love everyone that wasn't here but sending love and support. That's means just as much.
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Update 2
Posted by Kimberlie Singer Zaharias
2 months ago
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We haven't heard much today in regards to how Mason is doing. From what Mike and Melissa have shared last, Mason had a restful night and they all got a little sleep. It appears that the swelling in his brain was still present over night though. This morning Melissa shared that Mason is not doing well and they are having some tough conversations. They are truly grateful and appreciate the outpouring of love and support they have received. PLEASE continue to pray for this little boy!!
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R Michael Wasz
2 months ago

I am Michael, Mason's dad and this outpouring of generosity, wishes, thoughts, prayers and love from those of you we know and don't know has been amazing. Melissa & I have read your messages to Mason and we know he hears them and appreciates them. I want to hug and kiss every one of you. You are all amazing!

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Jacqueline Grabowy Kaufman
2 months ago
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Our son Evan is in school with Mason and loves him dearly. Talks about Mason constantly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mason and all family. May God bless and watch over Mason and may he recover well.

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Amy Joob
2 months ago
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Our hearts go out to you...I just wanted to let you know that we have been lifting up Mason in prayer. Members of Team World Vision & our small group at Willow Crystal Lake have been praying throughout the day & night since Saturday. We want you to know you are loved & praying that God comforts you & gives you strength through all of this. We are thinking of you Mason, get well soon little buddy!

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Kristi Ragsdale Stavroplos
2 months ago
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I'm so sorry for your loss! Steve and me are thinking of you in this very difficult time.

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Jean McDaniel
2 months ago
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Dear Mike, I'm not home but Ed and I are constantly praying for Mason and your family. I think the whole town is praying! Sending Love!

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Angela Mangiamele
2 months ago
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St. Andrews Lutheran Church & School (Park Ridge) are continuously praying for Mason & his family! May God's comfort and strength be with all of you!

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Jill Soula Swanson
2 months ago
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Dear Mike and Melissa, Brian and I are praying for God's comfort and peace and for a full recovery for Mason. If there's anything we can do, please let us know. Sending love to you all. Brian and Jill Swanson

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Angel Gruber Pancyrz
2 months ago

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Although I did not personally know your son, my son has been in hockey with the yellow jackets and it saddens all of us. My prayers and deepest sympathy are with all of you.

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Michelle Brusseau Johnson
2 months ago

No words. ☹️ The loss of a child is so everlasting. Please call if you want to talk. I am a grief counselor for pediatrics.

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R Michael Wasz
2 months ago

I know many of you have been asking for details about Mason's Visitation and Funeral. Both events will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dundee, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday February 7, 2017 from 3p to 8p. Funeral will be Wednesday February 8, 2017 at 11a. There will be a Visitation prior beginning at 10a. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Immanuel Lutheran School Dundee, IL in Mason's memory.

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Jaci Davis
2 months ago

My deepest condolences for your family. What a terrible loss. Mason is with God now and no longer suffering. He is off to a better place where there is no hurt or pain. May God be with you and your family.

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Michael J Parmele
2 months ago

We are so sorry for your loss. Your family has been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Meredith and the Parmeles

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Brian Freeman
2 months ago

Mike and Melissa, I'm so sorry. My prayers and deepest sympathies to you and your family.

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Sharon Lamar
2 months ago

From All of Us at Visiting Angels, Mike and Melissa, our hearts are broken with sadness and our prayers are with you. Praying you sense some comfort in the midst of your pain from all those around you who care.

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Mary Eberhardt
2 months ago

My heart is broken for you...there are no words for your pain and I am beyond sorry you have to bear this...thinking of you both.

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Darlene Sala McIntyre
2 months ago

I am so sorry to hear about Mason. Wrapping you and your family in thoughts and prayers.

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Jeanne Meyer-Clark
2 months ago

Mike and Melissa, I am Becky Clark.s mom and my heart and many prayers goes out to you and all who loves Mason at this sad sad time. Want you to know that he will live on many more years in his recipients, and they will be eternally thankful for your gift. I received an organ from gift of hope 5 and a half years ago and am daily thanking God for that gift as it has help me in more ways that I can say. I will pray for you daily, as I still pray for "miicle". my doner and family, that you recieve peace and countless blessigs for your gift you have given. God bless you all!

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Marianna Camasta
2 months ago

I have no words to express how deeply saddened I am for your loss... My deepest sympathies and condolences... In my thoughts and prayers that you find peace in this most difficult time...

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Jennifer Tatum
2 months ago

Melissa and family, we are so very sorry. Please know that we are praying for your family.

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Tracy Sauerland
2 months ago

Many prayers from Taryn, Steve and I. We are so sorry

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$32,746 of $15k goal

Raised by 517 people in 2 months
Created January 29, 2017
Kimberlie Singer Zaharias  
on behalf of Raymond Wasz
DC
$50
Derek Coyle
23 days ago
$25
Amy Joob
1 month ago
$50
Anonymous
2 months ago
MA
$50
Monica Agnic
2 months ago

Sending love & condolences

DB
$25
Dan, Julie, Dj, & Mason Baldassano
2 months ago

Dear Wasz Family, We are so deeply sorry for your loss of Mason. Our son plays on the the Bison baseball team and will proudly wear the Gold sticker with MDW on his helmet with his teammates from Coach Greg in honor of Mason. We are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

$51
Anonymous
2 months ago
TF
$50
The Hill Family
2 months ago

Sending you our best. We are praying for a full and speedy recovery for your son so he can get back to the all-important business of being a little boy. Hang in there. You have the support of many behind you.

FL
$100
First Church of Crystal Lake
2 months ago

Sending our love, prayers & condolences

LP
$50
Lynda Potas
2 months ago

All our love.

SC
$50
Sarah Clark
2 months ago

You and yours are lifted in my thoughts and prayers.

R Michael Wasz
2 months ago

I am Michael, Mason's dad and this outpouring of generosity, wishes, thoughts, prayers and love from those of you we know and don't know has been amazing. Melissa & I have read your messages to Mason and we know he hears them and appreciates them. I want to hug and kiss every one of you. You are all amazing!

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Jacqueline Grabowy Kaufman
2 months ago
2
2

Our son Evan is in school with Mason and loves him dearly. Talks about Mason constantly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mason and all family. May God bless and watch over Mason and may he recover well.

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Amy Joob
2 months ago
2
2

Our hearts go out to you...I just wanted to let you know that we have been lifting up Mason in prayer. Members of Team World Vision & our small group at Willow Crystal Lake have been praying throughout the day & night since Saturday. We want you to know you are loved & praying that God comforts you & gives you strength through all of this. We are thinking of you Mason, get well soon little buddy!

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Kristi Ragsdale Stavroplos
2 months ago
1
1

I'm so sorry for your loss! Steve and me are thinking of you in this very difficult time.

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Jean McDaniel
2 months ago
1
1

Dear Mike, I'm not home but Ed and I are constantly praying for Mason and your family. I think the whole town is praying! Sending Love!

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Angela Mangiamele
2 months ago
1
1

St. Andrews Lutheran Church & School (Park Ridge) are continuously praying for Mason & his family! May God's comfort and strength be with all of you!

+ Read More
Jill Soula Swanson
2 months ago
1
1

Dear Mike and Melissa, Brian and I are praying for God's comfort and peace and for a full recovery for Mason. If there's anything we can do, please let us know. Sending love to you all. Brian and Jill Swanson

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Angel Gruber Pancyrz
2 months ago

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Although I did not personally know your son, my son has been in hockey with the yellow jackets and it saddens all of us. My prayers and deepest sympathy are with all of you.

+ Read More
Michelle Brusseau Johnson
2 months ago

No words. ☹️ The loss of a child is so everlasting. Please call if you want to talk. I am a grief counselor for pediatrics.

+ Read More
R Michael Wasz
2 months ago

I know many of you have been asking for details about Mason's Visitation and Funeral. Both events will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dundee, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday February 7, 2017 from 3p to 8p. Funeral will be Wednesday February 8, 2017 at 11a. There will be a Visitation prior beginning at 10a. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Immanuel Lutheran School Dundee, IL in Mason's memory.

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Jaci Davis
2 months ago

My deepest condolences for your family. What a terrible loss. Mason is with God now and no longer suffering. He is off to a better place where there is no hurt or pain. May God be with you and your family.

+ Read More
Michael J Parmele
2 months ago

We are so sorry for your loss. Your family has been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Meredith and the Parmeles

+ Read More
Brian Freeman
2 months ago

Mike and Melissa, I'm so sorry. My prayers and deepest sympathies to you and your family.

+ Read More
Sharon Lamar
2 months ago

From All of Us at Visiting Angels, Mike and Melissa, our hearts are broken with sadness and our prayers are with you. Praying you sense some comfort in the midst of your pain from all those around you who care.

+ Read More
Mary Eberhardt
2 months ago

My heart is broken for you...there are no words for your pain and I am beyond sorry you have to bear this...thinking of you both.

+ Read More
Darlene Sala McIntyre
2 months ago

I am so sorry to hear about Mason. Wrapping you and your family in thoughts and prayers.

+ Read More
Jeanne Meyer-Clark
2 months ago

Mike and Melissa, I am Becky Clark.s mom and my heart and many prayers goes out to you and all who loves Mason at this sad sad time. Want you to know that he will live on many more years in his recipients, and they will be eternally thankful for your gift. I received an organ from gift of hope 5 and a half years ago and am daily thanking God for that gift as it has help me in more ways that I can say. I will pray for you daily, as I still pray for "miicle". my doner and family, that you recieve peace and countless blessigs for your gift you have given. God bless you all!

+ Read More
Marianna Camasta
2 months ago

I have no words to express how deeply saddened I am for your loss... My deepest sympathies and condolences... In my thoughts and prayers that you find peace in this most difficult time...

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Jennifer Tatum
2 months ago

Melissa and family, we are so very sorry. Please know that we are praying for your family.

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Tracy Sauerland
2 months ago

Many prayers from Taryn, Steve and I. We are so sorry

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