Help Nicky kick Leukemia to the curb

For: Nicholas Mauceri
Organizer: Tina-Marie Mauceri-Ugalde
Help Nicky kick Leukemia to the curb (Nicholas Mauceri)
of $50,000 goal
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Raised by 236 donors

The Story

Dear Friends and Family,

On January 23, 2017, I received the devastating news that my 3-year-old nephew, Nicholas, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). He was admitted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he stayed for 2 weeks before he was well enough to go home. Since being diagnosed, Nicholas has already had to endure having a port placed inside his chest, several blood transfusions, bone marrow biopsies, 8 spinal taps, and numerous chemo treatments.

My brother and sister-in-law, Damien and Denise, were expecting their third child to be born in July. Three days after hearing that Nicholas has cancer, they learned that Denise lost her baby almost 15 weeks into her pregnancy.

Unfortunately, the heartache does not end there. We were expecting Nicky to be in full remission by the 29th day of treatment. However, a bone marrow biopsy determined that there is still a small amount of leukemia cells in his bone marrow. This led him to be classified as “high risk.” He is now being treated with a very aggressive chemo plan. He gets chemo 2-4 times a week at the clinic, takes chemo pills daily, and has regular spinal taps with chemo injected into his spinal fluid. It is likely that he will continue to need blood transfusions, and he will need to be hospitalized at times throughout his treatments.

In about 5 weeks, Nicky will again be tested to see if he is fully in remission. WE ARE PRAYING SO HARD THAT HE IS! Regardless if he’s in remission or not, he will be receiving chemotherapy for over 3 years.

Damien and Denise are still trying to accept and understand the challenges of their new life. I am starting this YouCaring account to help relieve them of one aspect of their stress and anxiety. Denise had to take a leave of absence and is unsure of when she will be able to return to work. Unfortunately, she will soon no longer be getting paid, and the cost of co-pays and unforeseen medical expenses is adding up. It is their main goal to ensure a sense of normalcy for Nicholas and his 5-year-old sister, Julianne. Any and all supports are greatly appreciated. Damien and Denise also strongly believe in the power of prayer, so even just sending a message that you are praying for their family means so much to them.

Nicholas has been a TROOPER throughout this entire ordeal. He is truly our little superhero! Please continue to keep Nicholas, Julie, Denise, & Damien in your prayers. We can’t thank you enough for all of your love and support.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 23, 2017

Posted on August 23, 2017

Good afternoon everyone,

Unfortunately, despite a week off of chemo, Nicky's counts somehow dropped. He was not able to get his treatment again today and we will have to wait another week for the bone marrow biopsy.
Please pray for God to give my family strength as we wait.

Thank you for your continuous love, support & prayers


Posted on July 20, 2017

Posted on July 20, 2017

Good evening everyone! 
I'd like to give you all an update on Nicholas...

We got Nicky's results from the bone marrow biopsy he had on Monday and unfortunately he is still not in full remission. BUT he is getting closer and his doctor said it was a dim positive so the leukemia cells that are left are weakening. 

He has 2 more cycles of chemo then he will be retested in about 5 weeks from now. 

If he is still positive it is very likely that they will start preparing him for a bone marrow transplant. 

If he is negative he will continue with the next cycle of chemo and we pray he doesn't relapse. 🙏🏼

Thank you all for your support and please continue to pray and become donors.

Posted on July 15, 2017

Posted on July 15, 2017

Good evening everyone!

I just wanted to remind everyone that we will be hosting Nicky's 2nd bone marrow drive this Sunday.
It will be taken place at: 

Hibernian Hall 
80 Magnolia Drive
Selden, NY 11784
from 10:00am-2:00pm 

Please come down if you are healthy and from the ages of 18-55.

If you are unable to make it on Sunday, you can request a kit to be sent to your house on the website.

It's rare to find a match. The more people who register, the more likely it is to save a help save Nicky's life!

I hope you see you on Sunday!

- Tina 

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