Michelle O'Neill Foundation
P.O. Box 478
Long Beach, NY 11561

Our Kids

  Big Sky Kids 2017

Alyssa Ramos
Alyssa Ramos
Alyssa was diagnosed with Stage III high risk neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, at 26 months old in November 2005. It is a cancer of the nervous system which starts in the adrenal gland. Alyssa’s tumor was as big as an NFL football growing in her belly. After numerous surgeries, blood and platelet transfusions, radiation and a regimen of high dose chemotherapy, Alyssa was pronounced cancer free in May 2006. However, her cancer returned in May 2007, and she received further chemotherapy treatment and radiation. The good news is that Alyssa has been cancer free for three years. Alyssa is now in second grade and adores being a big sister to brother Michael. She spends her off treatment time watching the Disney Channel and Dancing with the Stars, going to tap, jazz and ballet classes, loves to play dress up and loves spending time with her friends and family, eating bagels or pizza. Alyssa, Michael and her parents, Laura and Michael, are loyal visitors to the Michelle O’Neill volleyball tournament.
Annie Jetter
Annie Jetter
4 years old Diagnosis: Pontin Glioma (inoperable brain tumor) on brain stem
Colby
Colby
Danny Marquino
Danny Marquino
by: Larry Marquino My son Danny was diagnosed with brain cancer a week after his 3rd birthday. Danny has endured 2 tumor resection surgeries in his spinal cord and is currently going through his second round of chemotherapy. The O’Neill family has been at Danny’s side since the very beginning. Mrs. O’Neill is a beautiful, caring, supportive person who has helped my family on many occasions over the years. When I moved to Long Beach years ago I would never miss the Michelle O’Neill volley ball tournament. I now see first hand how the tournament helps those in need. Mrs. O’Neill has helped keep my family in balance. She has always had a kind word or the time to listen to me talk. Danny is 7 years old now and will attend the 1st grade next year at St. Anne’s School courtesy of the O’Neill’s. I would like to thank the O’Neill’s for their unwavering support.
Danny Mulvey
Danny Mulvey
Evan Guzman
Evan Guzman
5 years old Diagnosed with very Rare & Aggressive Rapthoid Cancer
James Stanton
James Stanton
KYLEE - Age 17 Big Sky Camper 2017
KYLEE - Age 17 Big Sky Camper 2017
The Michelle O’Neill Foundation sponsored Kylee at Big Sky Kids Camp for children with cancer at their 10-day adventure camp located in Bozeman, MT where joy, hope, positivity and adventure are brought back into their lives. Thank you for helping us help these children have experiences which includes whitewater rafting, horseback riding and sitting around a campfire. “Seeing the joy, support, love, and compassion each camper, counselor, and parent experienced from countless volunteers, service groups, sponsors, and each other was simply and unforgettably magical,” said Kara Erickson, Big Sky Kids Director.
Kylee and her Mom, Meredith.
Kylee and her Mom, Meredith.
Luke Rosato
Luke Rosato
Maggie Kelly
Maggie Kelly
Peyton and Paige Bergin
Peyton and Paige Bergin
Peyton, age 4, and her sister Paige, age 3, were both born prematurely and have required much care at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York. Fortunately, they have received much love, attention and devotion from their parents, Mary Ann and Patrick. At the time of Peyton’s birth (26 weeks gestation), she was ventilator dependent and required tube feedings and had numerous medical obstacles to overcome. She underwent retinoplasty and survived without any infections. After 13 weeks admission, she went home. She continues to require minimal oxygen support, receives therapies to address developmental delays and is followed by numerous specialists. One year after Peyton was born, the Bergins welcomed their second daughter, Paige (at 24 weeks gestation), who struggled with respiratory issues requiring continuous ventilation. Mary Ann and Patrick have remained devoted and dedicated to their daughters care, and we are pleased to have been able to help them, most recently with a special chair for Paige so that she can sit up unaided to play with her big sister Peyton.
Ty Campbell
Ty Campbell
Ty Louis Campbell is 3 ½ years old and has been fighting cancer since his diagnosis on August 11, 2010. After a series of sleepless nights and headaches, a brain tumor was discovered at the base of his skull. He was treated with a radical surgery in late August followed by an extremely aggressive chemotherapy regimen at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. On December 5, 2010 his parents were informed that although his tumor was responding well to treatment, the cancer had metastasized and is spreading throughout his central nervous system, affecting his spinal cord and brain. The loving support of Michelle’s Foundation and the Long Beach community have helped the Campbell’s to be by their son’s side every step of the way. It is now Spring 2011 and Super Ty - “the little fighter” - is defying all odds! Ty is an amazing boy who keeps his entire family strong through all of these hardships.
Viviana Mortillaro
Viviana Mortillaro
Viviana was born in July 2016 to parents Elisabeth and Frank and is a beautiful little sister to Vittoria. Viviana was diagnosed in August 2017 with grade 3 ependymoma, a rare brain cancer. It was originally thought that Viviana had reflux because of difficulty drinking milk and being unable to lie in her crib without crying. In August 2017 she was taken to the ER because she was dehydrated due to excessive vomiting. After scans showed a mass the size of a ping pong ball, Viviana underwent surgery at Winthrop to resect the tumor, followed by specialized radiation treatment called Proton Beam Therapy in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for 6 weeks. We first met Viviana in September 2017 at Volleyball XXI when her parents brought her down to the beach so that we could meet her and to thank us. Her journey in recovery continues with early intervention therapy – occupational, physical and swallow/speech therapy and continued scans and post radiation treatment. We are grateful to Viviana and her parents for allowing us to share her story with all of you who have helped us help them.
Zoey Gorman
Zoey Gorman
Zoey was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms tumor shortly before her third birthday. After the doctor examined her belly, which was hard and tender to the touch, X-rays showed a mass on her kidneys. Zoey’s treatment plan at Cohen Children’s Hospital is to shrink the tumors with chemotherapy, and follow with surgery. Her dad, Brian, describes Zoey as “strong, beautiful, full of personality and full of love and laughter.” Zoey plays with her big brother, Kalem, who - by example - helps Zoey take her medicine – only his is mouthwash!!! Brian and Zee, Zoey’s parents, are humbled, stunned and grateful to all the people who, within a short period of time, have learned of Zoey’s story, and have reached out to help and pray for their daughter on her journey to recovery.

 

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