#TEAMJEROME

For: Mario and Jennifer Manrique
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Organizer: Lani Arnone
#TEAMJEROME (Mario and Jennifer Manrique)
$17,515
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 210 donors
87% Complete

The Story

Three days after his one month birthday- February 8th, 2017, Jerome Blue Manrique went in for an emergent surgery to biopsy a mass growing behind his eye and was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of childhood cancer. His parents Mario and Jennifer Manrique, along with his big brother DJ and family have spent the last few days at Seattle Childrens at his cribside. On Friday, February 9th, he ...again went to surgery to have a Hickman catheter (semi-permanent IV) placed in his right chest, which is how he will receive his chemotherapy. On February 11th, he received his first round of chemotherapy and will continue treatment at Childrens Hospital on an outpatient basis for the next 6 months, but since they live so far away (greater than 60 miles from hospital), the family will need to stay in Seattle at the Ronald McDonald House. Any funds raised will be used to help the family while they are out of work and living in Seattle for the next few months.

If you've ever been fortunate to have met Weaz and Jenn, you know first hand how open and loving and good hearted this couple is.  They are the most friendly, giving people and have touched so many people with their love. We are all better by knowing them.  They are part of an amazing family that is supportive and gives all they can to whoever is in need. Please return the favor in this incredible hard time as they try to navigate these rough waters and find a new "normal".   Please share this page with as many people as you can and lets help support this great family.

Please also like the facebook page "Team Jerome" for continuing updates. Thank you! #canceryoupickedthewrongkid #nokidstherightkid #teamjerome #kickcancersbutt #manriquestrong

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 7, 2017

Posted on May 7, 2017

Good evening everyone! Jerome got out of surgery yesterday evening and it went as planned and the surgeons are really pleased with the outcome. After a rough night of trying to get his pain under control, he is currently resting now and will continue to stay in the ICU for the next day or two before moving to the general surgery floor.

Thank you all for your prayers, support, messages and pictures. We'll update more in a few days. #teamjerome #manriquestrong

Posted on April 9, 2017

Posted on April 9, 2017

Jerome update:

We have restarted our chemo treatments which are every 3 weeks, with each treatment being either one night stay in the hospital or a 5 day stay.  With this new chemo drug, they are having to monitor his heart and kidneys and give him additional medications to protect these organs.  At this time, we have been meeting with the our doctors and weighing out the options before us-chemo vs radiation vs more surgery, all which have their pros and cons. 

We will keep you updated as we start this new round of chemo.  Please keep praying for Jerome and we are keeping positive that this round will be effective! #teamjerome #manriquestrong #canceryoupickedthewrongkid #cancersucks


Posted on March 18, 2017

Posted on March 18, 2017

Today, Jerome kicked ass and did great through his surgery. To say he is a fighter is putting it mildly.

At 3pm he was taken to surgery and it was still unclear what they would find and how extensive the tumor had grown into the surrounding tissue and bone. At around 7pm, the surgeon came out and spoke with Jenn and Weaz and let them know the eye and the tumor had been successfully removed and he was able to salvage the upper and lower eyelids. He was extremely happy with... the outcomes of surgery today and spoke to how strong of a fighter he is. There still is a long road ahead, but put one down for #teamjerome! His eye is packed and sewn shut at this point and it won't be til next week to know the reports from the pathologist. The next step in the process is recovery from surgery and to determine if chemotherapy or radiation is the next course of action to get any remaining tumor cells.

Thank you everyone for your prayers, positive thoughts, comments, love and support. It was felt today and helped carry us through. We love and appreciate you all! Today, we definitely made a great start to #kickcancersass! #teamjerome #manriquestrong

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