Time for Trenton

For: Trenton Nowak
Organizer: Cheryl and Kory Stribling
of $17,000 goal.
Raised by 210 donors
88% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Meet Trenton

Trenton is a six-year-old boy who loves to hunt, fish, play baseball, and play with his five-year-old brother, Cash. Trenton and Cash are inseparable.

Trenton and Cash live with their grandparents, Ronnie and Jeff Nowak, in Cottage Grove, Oregon (just south of Eugene).  

Tragedy Strikes Twice for the Nowak Family

Sadly, in April of this year, Ronnie and Jeff's son Justin (Trenton's uncle) succumbed to colon cancer at the young age of 33.

Just a few months later, they received the devastating news of Trenton's diagnosis. Still reeling from losing Justin, they are faced with the unimaginable once more.

Difusse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG) are the rarest and worst of all pediatric brain tumors.  Approximately 150 to 200 children are diagnosed with this type of tumor each year, and survival time is typically just nine to twelve months from diagnosis. Treatment options are limited and none offer a cure.

Within a week of Trenton's diagnosis, his vision and motor skills began to deteriote markedly.

The Nowaks travel to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, two hours away, to see Trenton's doctors..

Initially, doctors gave Trenton a prognosis of 12 to 14  months. Since then, due to the rapid progression of his symptoms, they now give him a prognosis of 4 to 6 months to live.

Help Give the Nowak's Time for Trenton

The Nowak family's journey this past year dealing with the terminal illness of first Justin and now Trenton, has taken a tremendous toll on them, both emotionally and financially.

Your selfless donation will help make it possible for Ronnie and Jeff, who both work full-time, to take the time off they need to care for Trenton and treasure every day, every moment with him.

The Nowak's are a loving family of strong faith. They are so appreciative of the support, love and kindness shown to them in the past year during such a difficult times.

Your donations will go directly and instantly to Ronnie and Jeff to help meet family expenses, ensure Trenton's changing needs are met to make him as comfortable and happy as possible, and to provide support for his brother, Cash.

Please donate $5, $20, $100 or any amount you can to allow the Nowak's time for Trenton.

You can donate securely and easily from this site today. If you would prefer to send a check, please make checks payable to Ronnie Nowak or Jeff Nowak and mail to:

Time for Trenton
88886 Oakshire DR
Springfield OR 97478

Thank you for your support!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 20, 2014

Posted on August 20, 2014

Trenton's Memorial Service

We would like to share the details regarding Trenton's memorial service planned for this weekend:

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Cottage Grove Faith Center, 33761 Row River Rd, Cottage Grove, OR 97424

Anyone wishing to send a card to the Nowak family, may mail it to Ronnie and Jeff's  home at:

21 Sweet Lane
Cottage Grove , OR 97424

KEZI TV aired a really nice segment this week on Trenton's journey over the past few months. If you didn't see it, you can click on the following link to view it:


Posted on August 17, 2014

Posted on August 17, 2014

Sad news to share . . .

It is with very heavy hearts that we share the news that Trenton passed away this afternoon at home, surrounded by his family. Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with the Nowak family during this difficult time. The Nowaks have been so humbled by the kindness and generosity of the community during Trenton's illness.

Trenton's family  sends "a million thanks to all for your love and support.Love to all."

Information regarding memorial services will be shared once we have the details.   KEZI TV , Eugene (Channel 9, ABC) will be airing a story tonight.

We, too, wish to thank friends, family, and the many others who were touched by Trenton's story and so generously contributed so that the Nowak's would have treasured "Time for Trenton." The tremendous outpourting of support has meant the world to the Nowaks.  

Thank you so very much. God Bless.

Cheryl and Kory Stribling

Posted on July 29, 2014

Posted on July 29, 2014

KEZI TV  in Eugene (ABC) will Air an update onTrenton's Disneyland trip and wish him a happy birthday tonight at 5 and 6 p.m. 

Posted on July 29, 2014

Posted on July 29, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TRENTON! At Disneyland . . .

Today is Trenton's 7th birthday, and he will be spending it at Disneyland and California Adventures with his grandma, Ronnie and family friend Cheryl Stribling (Shoo Shoo to Trenton and Cash).

Trenton has had quite the adventure since arriving in the LA area Saturday night -- he had his first trip in an airplane and earned his wings, saw the beach, and spent yesterday at Disneyland.

When he arrived at the hotel near Disneyland, there was an explosion of toys and presents waiting for him. Thank you Valerie Gorman for your over-the-top generosity and kindness. We are speechless.

There are new pictures posted to the photo gallery from Trenton's time at Disneyland yesterday.  They are having a heat wave here -- it's really hot -- so he has enjoyed the evenings the most.Thankfully, our hotel is nearby and we can take a break from the mid-day heat and let Trenton rest up.

Some of his favorite things so far: shopping at Downtown Disney (especially Build A Bear where he got a bear decked out with all camouflauge accessories, of course!), eating a turkey leg in Frontierland, watching the Disney parade and taking pictures with his camera, the Pirates of the Caribbean (which he rode with sword in hand, fighting off priates) and exploring all the shops in the park looking for something for his fish!

A brithday cake is arriving at his hotel room this morning (thanks again Valerie Gorman!). Today, he'll get to check out California Adventures too.

To all of you who have so generously donated to Time for Trenton, we cannot adequately express our appreciation for you helping to make this special adventure possible for Trenton. We will treasure these memories for a lifetime. Thank you!

Much love,

The Nowak Family

Posted on July 26, 2014

Posted on July 26, 2014

KEZI TV  in Eugene (ABC) will Air Trenton's Disneyland send off at 5 and 6 p.m. tonight.

Bon voyage and safe travels!

Posted on July 26, 2014

Posted on July 26, 2014

Riding in the Fire Engine

Sending thanks and love to Chris Lamb for arranging for our T-bug to take a ride in a brand new fire engine on Wednesday. He loved it. We posted a picture of Trenton inside the the truck, belted in.

Posted on July 26, 2014

Posted on July 26, 2014

Trenton is going to Disneyland!

We excited to share that your generosity has made it possible for Trenton to spend his birthday in Disneyland! Trenton will fly to the LA area Saturday evening. The plan is to rest up on Sunday, and possibly go to the beach. Then, he’ll spend Monday and Tuesday at Disneyland.

Trenton turns 7 on this coming Tuesday. We can’t think of a better way to spend this very special birthday than with Mickey and friends.  We are hoping he will feel well during his visit and have a wonderful time.

We are so deeply grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support by the community, especially since Trenton’s story aired on TV this week. We have been so touched by the genuinely kind and encouraging words you have shared with us on this site, as well as your very generous donations and other offers to help. It’s been a very big week for all of us. Also, on Wednesday, Trenton got to ride in a brand new fire truck, and it was very exciting for him.

People wonder how we cope during this difficult time, and this is how.  It’s because of people like you. We are so comforted and uplifted by your support. We simply cannot thank you enough, but we’ll try.

Thank you so very much!

Ronnie, Jeff, Trenton, and Cash Nowak

Posted on July 21, 2014

Posted on July 21, 2014

Trenton was a busy boy this past weekend, and he is such a trooper.  We want to thank his baseball team, the Lions, for arranging for Trenton to ride in the parade, for collecting donations at the parade and for sharing his story. Most of all, we are so grateful for the outpouring of personal support from so many -- the hugs, kind words, help and prayers mean the world to us.

Saturday, after riding in the parade, Trenton went to the carnival. What he enjoyed most was the fishing game (of course). He won several fish that day, and he was so excited! He couldn't wait to get a tank and setup for the fish, who he named Goldie, Jake, and Dirt.

We want to give a very special thanks to Cheryl and Kory Stribling for all they have done in the past year for our family. We could never get through this without you, and we are so thankful to have you in our lives. We couldn't ask for better friends, and we love you so much. We also want to thank Cheryl's sister, Stacey Huscher, in Phoenix AZ for helping set up this page. Her son Dillon is visiting Cheryl and Kory and spent the day with Trenton and Cash on Saturday. Cash just LOVED hanging out with Dillon -- thanks, Dillon, for a fun day.

On Sunday, Trenton went with fishing with Grandpa Jeff and his baseball coach, Ryan. You can see the day's catch in the photo gallery, as well as pictures from the parade and carnival. We had a fish fry for dinner. :)

Many thanks for your generous donations. We are so grateful and humbled by the generosity of not only friends and family, but also from those of you who have not met us -- you are angels to us.

Much love,

Ronnie, Jeff, Trenton and Cash Nowak

Posted on July 19, 2014

Posted on July 19, 2014

Trenton rode in the Grand Miners Parade in Cottage Grove today as part of the Bohemia Mining Days celebration. Check out  the new video posted to the gallery to watch.

Many many many thanks to everyone who has so graciously donated to help give the Nowak's time for Trenton. The caring and support of family, friends, and others is so overwhelming to the Nowak family. It is during the most difficult times that we are reminded that we are all connected. Thank you and God bless!

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