VICTORY for VINNY
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Vinny is 7 1/2 years old and in 2nd. grade. He is tender-hearted and so loving. He recently donated his hair to "wigs for kids with cancer". Even though he was teased throughout the 2 years of growing his hair out, it didn't deter him from his mission...to help a child in need.
On Thursday Vinny came home from school complaining about knee pain. When getting ready to take a shower his parents noticed a significant lump on his right hip and brought him to the emergency room. A large growth was identified on his Iliac bone.
The next day Friday Vinny had an eye doctors appointment for a swollen eye that has been getting progressively worse over the course of a month ( originally thought to be allergies).They told Dr Martel about the previous evening and how he needed to go back to the doctors about the hip, and were concerned the two might be related. Doc agreed and got the ball rolling for them. They're at Sutter Medical Downtown Sacramento. They're still conducting tests on Vinny. They have identified another malignant mass on the eye that appears to be aggressive.
Vinny is taking all of this like a brave little turd. There are many more tests ahead and they're in the hospital for an undetermined amount of time.
We have started this Go Fund Me account to ease the burden of his parents, Jason and Amanda. Amanda is six months pregnant and Jason is a combat veteran. Over the next days, weeks, and months ahead they will need to be at countless doctor appointments, hospital stays and surgeries. As you can imagine the normal costs of every day living...such as rent, food, gas, car, etc...the medical costs can be astronomical.
This will enable Vinny's parents be able to concentrate on Vinny getting well and fighting this wicked disease called cancer.
From the bottom of our hearts we humbly ask that you share this link with friends and family and if possible in giving (any amount will help).
We thank you for your support and God bless each and every one of you!!
Sue and Ron Desautels a.k.a - Nana and Pepere
The Desautels family
The Desautels family
At this moment in time the amount of support has been phenomenal. We have decided as a family to close donations on Go Fund Me. If you feel compelled to continue to donate , please donate to organizations such as St. Baldrick's Foundation ( their mission statement is to conquer childhood cancer: http://www.stbaldricks.org/). We will find an outlet to keep all of you updated on Vinny's progress. We thank you all for all the support whether it's monetarily, or spiritually. Thank you again. Love the Desautels Family
I can imagine that things are overwhelming - not just with the recent diagnosis, but with the news coverage on top of it. My son was diagnosed and went through treatment for metastatic Ewing's last year. We were fortunate enough to be able to follow the treatment of another child who was diagnosed several months earlier - so we had a better idea of what to expect and what was going to happen. I'm no doctor, but if I can provide any insight, answers, advice, or just run through our experience, feel free to contact me via FB. You are not alone in this fight.
Hi Vinny, we have stage 4 sarcoma in our family too. If you haven't already get multiple opinions & treatment plans. Specifically check out Stanford, Santa Monica Sarcoma Clinic or Sloan-Kettering (nyc) or MD Anderson (texas). Don't read all of the scary stats about the disease, just stay positive and fight hard. Reach out to the sarcoma support groups on facebook and never take no for an answer. Be one of the lucky ones that beat this!! Please feel free to contact me if you ever have questions need help! I'm so sorry you had to learn about this evil disease. We will be praying for you little cancer warrior! Much love & hugs, The Phams Www.aphamilyphightsforlife.blogspot.com
Hello Vinny. You are so courageous and your smile is heartwarming. I read an article about you which caught my eye through my Twitter feed. Because of this great smile of yours, I clicked on the article and discovered your story. Seven years old. That makes you a big boy. Big enough to read and I felt like sending you a message because time in the hospital sometimes gets so long while one keeps being interrupted all the time for meals, tests, medication, visits, so it's not always easy to read or have someone read you long stories. A message is just the perfect size ;-) Seven years old. That reminds me of my 2 own children who are now 13 and 15. Seven is great for parents because chubby cheeks are still there while the mind has set for its own ways. And you do look like if have an incredible way of dealing with what you believe in. I also felt like writing you because I live very very far from you and I thought it would make you smile to know I'm French and living in Paris. Isn't it a perfect way to travel to get messages from abroad ? I thought that you could close your eyes and imagine the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre and Notre Dame, the Seine (the river that runs though) and the city (someone could show you pics before though because not sure you've been there yet). And I thought that could change your mind to have a complete other place to think about. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty that is in New York was designed by a French sculptor and offered to the US by the French government in 1886, to celebrate the century anniversary of US Independance ? And the real name of the Statue is "Liberty Enlightening The World". Enlightning is a great word I think. I find it stronger than just light. "Coming to light" builds hope and directs the eye towards horizon ;-) I gotta go. Just felt like telling you something that could change your mind from tough times. Bravo for your courage and your strength. Don't forget to listen to music : it puts wings around our minds to fly off ;-) I wish you the best. Huge huge hug xoxoxo Caroline
Hello not sure if you already have a Doctor dealing with the cancer on the eye but when I saw the story I had to take time to recommend Dr. Matthew Wilson in Memphis, TN. He is one of the few and considered one of the best Drs. dealing with eye cancers. My wife was diagnosed with a very rare eye cancer in 2012 and he performed this surgery. She is doing very well and her tumor continues to die. He partners with many hospitals in that area and I know he deals with St Jude's Children's Hospital there as well. Lifting your family up in prayer.
VINNY= YOU ARE A HERO! A real superhero,better than Superman,Batman or x-men!You are strong and an inspiration to everyone who is touched by your beautiful life.If I had a son VInny,i would pray he was just like you!You are an amazing person,and I want you to know THE WORLD LOVES YOU VINNIE,AND WE ARE ALL PRAYING FOR A CURE FOR CANCER AND A SPEEDY RECOVERY FOR YOU VINNIE,OUR HERO! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ...I have added a link to our ebay store=findcure4cancer and again YOU ARE A HERO!
WOW!!! I am so amazed with tears in my eyes. There are still good people in this world I don't care what anyone says. I have refreshed this page over 100 times in the past 5 minutes and everytime I do another 50,60, 100,500 $ has been donated. This is Gods plan for us, to help other people!!! It's so heart warming to see this world come together like this for this little child. God Bless him and Heal his little body in JESUS NAME!!
God bless you all...what a true hero Vinny is! I will be donating, but you all must know about St. Jude's Children's Hospital for childhood cancers, I hope! https://www.stjude.org/ - I have been donating to them since I was a teenager, especially, because they do not charge for children's treatments and help the family stay together, as well! I hope you will contact them (if you haven't already) and that the donations will help your family stay together without financial hardship..
I am so sorry to hear about this brave little boy. My daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 2 and went through 3 years of treatment at Hopkins. The day after she was diagnosed I was sitting at her bedside, sobbing and her doctor told me "Don't let her see you like this, you need to be the strong one. She is scared and when she sees you like this, she only gets more scared" So I pretended not be worried and I know that it helped my child. It's a different life ... living in the hospital and enduring treatments and complications, but we are lucky to have the best treatments available to our children. My daughter is now 18 and studying Bio-Chem at Penn State and doing incredibly well. I never thought this day would come. Stay positive.
Little Vinny you are a fighter! You have already proven this fact. While you were growing your hair out, your strength to get through this was already growing too. My step-son was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma right after graduation at 19 years old. A kids cancer but waited until the last moment to get him. I'm happy to tell you and your family, like you he is a fighter also. He is now 24 and just finished with radiation. His cancer has popped up a total of 3 times (Brain, thigh, lungs). He is cancer free now and soon you will be too! I'll be cheering you on and praying for you!! If you ever need someone to talk to we are here for you!! God Bless
Vinny and family, prayers are going up from Florida as well as around the world for your victory against this horrible disease. I saw the article where you, Vinny, made the decision to grow out your hair and then donate it to people who have cancer, and it made my heart swell with joy and happiness. There is no doubt in my mind that you are a fighter and I know your family will be there right by your side. Praying for the best with all of my heart. ♥ Will be sharing this on my page. #Victory4Vinny
Dear Desautels family, I must admit that I do not have any experience with cancer in my family, but reading Vinny's story broke my heart and I felt led to write a quick note to you all. What a compassionate and selfless young boy you raised! I pray that he is gifted with a miracle just as the recipient of his hair was. I pray that he is able to remain strong and positive. And I pray that, if it be His will, that God will rid him of this cancer. Though I cannot begin to understand your circumstances, I do know, without a shadow of a doubt, that God is good. Vinny's life has already been such an amazing testimony to many and will certainly continue to be. Place your trust in the Lord and He will show you that nothing is impossible. His love is powerful! Keeping you all in my prayers!