Taken Way too Young by Colon Cancer

For: Nick O'Neil
Buffalo, NY
Organizer: Friends and Family
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The Story

Nick lost his battle on Sunday, November 20, 2016.  

Nick was an active and supportive husband, father, friend and general good citizen.  He was together with his wife Trina for 10 years and married for just under 5 years.  He was the proud father of 3 beautiful children; 6-year-old Nicholas Jr., 2-year-old Brayden and have just welcomed to this world 4-month-old Isabelle.  He enjoyed taking them to playgrounds, the beach, carousel parks, amusement parks and other fun attractions.  Nick also frequently supported local charities and participated in amateur recreational sports.   Nick is only 27 years old.

In February 2016, in a surprising and saddening turn of events, following some routine testing, Nick received a Colorectal cancer diagnosis. His cancer has also spread to the bone, including the arm, shoulder blade, ribs, hip and spine, both lumbar and thoracic. Through this, he received numerous rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. The spread of the cancer to the spine has resulted in several additional complications including vertebrectomy and laminectomy surgeries to the thoracic spine to resolve a lesion which caused a fracture to a vertebrae and was pressing on the spinal canal, causing a loss of feeling in the hands.  The cancer in the lumbar spine also began resulting in nerve issues requiring hospitalization and medication additions to return lost feeling to the right leg.  In the end, his body lost the ability to reproduce blood cells and platelets adequately, resulting in the need for regular blood transfusions. 

All of the above toom nearly all of Nick’s ability to enjoy quality time outside of the home with his wife and kids, as he has in the past.  He was unable to run around the playground with the kids, he couldn't endure trips and the physical demand of trips to amusement or carousel parks and partake in other activities with his wife and kids.  Nick didn't have the ability to take his wife out on romantic excursions they so enjoyed or partake in recreational sports, including mountain climbing, a past-time he has shared with his Father since he was seven years old.  He also had to make alternative arrangements to assist with care of his children and household due to his inability to contribute physically due to limitations at home.  It also resulted in a significant amount of time away from work, whether it be missed periods following surgery, missed individual days, leaving early or coming in late.  Very fortunately, Nick’s employer has been very accommodating and understanding through this process.

The treatments had substantial financial impact, putting their family in a difficult situation.  In support of the O’Neil family, a fundraiser will be hosted to support Nick and his family. 

We kindly ask for your support by attendance at the event at Tonawanda Lanes on January 29 th from 1pm to 4pm, or donation in other forms. 

The O’Neil’s, and all others involved, kindly appreciate any support you are able to provide

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 21, 2016

Posted on November 21, 2016

Unfortunately, Nick lost the battle with cancer on Sunday, November 20, 2016.  Final arrangements are being made and will be posted here when they are all confirmed.  The benefit on January 29, 2017 will still be held as planned.  All donations will be given to his wife, Trina for final expenses and the needs of their three children.

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