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Vinny was born in October of 2003. He was born with a severe Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate, and Pulmonary Stenosis (heart defect). After many surgeries and a few complications, Vinny was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma on February 15, 2008.

On February 2, 2009 he was declared cancer free, and stayed cancer free for 9 months.    RELAPSED  11/6/09 in the lung.  RELAPSED for his 3rd battle in October 2011 in the orbit and sacrum.  Relapsed 12/11/12

After 4 years of several cleft-related surgeries, Vinny had a Velopharyngeal Flap surgery in October 2007 to help his speech. Two weeks ago Vinny developed what we thought was a sinus infection, ear infection, and severe Sleep Apnea, which we thought was a side effect from his last surgery. We made a few trips to the Pediatrician, ENT, and to our regular Craniofacial Team. After a scan test at the hospital and another surgery to take down the Velopharyngeal Flap, a tumor was found in the base of his skull, blocking his nasal passages. Part of the tumor was removed, and he was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma. On Friday he had surgery again to insert his Portacath, and they did a spinal tap and bone marrow test to see if the cancer has spread to other places. We should find out tomorrow afternoon what the results are and then we start Chemo in a few days. Please keep Vinny in your thoughts and prayers and we will update you all soon.

After 11 months of treatment, Vinny was Cancer Free for 9 months.  Vinny relapsed in his lungs on 11/5/09. Relapsed again in the Orbit and Sacrum in November of 2011.  He fought all 3 tumors, until August 2012, when after a false "end of life" scare, he was considered "stable" instead and was off of treatment, stable, for 4 months. 

Vinny relapsed for a 4th time, in December 2012, with 5 new tumors in the Spinal Column.  We have done our best to help him survive.  The Oncologists have done all they could do.  Vinny was sent home on Hospice on Dec. 21st, 2012.  He earned his wings Feb. 18, 2013.

During our "Cancer Free" months, we formed a 501c3 Non-Profit Org.  This Foundation is strictly for the other children on our Pediatric Oncology Ward at Brenner's Children's Hospital still fighting this battle.... not for Vinny.  To view our website and find out more:  www.kidsofchildhoodcancer.org 



Sarah DiGerolamo posted a new journal entry, "Life Changes".

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Barbara Moyer signed Vinny's Guestbook.

We will not & have not forgotten Vinny or his special family & most definitely his brave life. Thank you for continued sharing & letting us help you through ... Lea más

Sheri Dittrich-Reinhart signed Vinny's Guestbook.

Sarah,You write so beautifully.  Thank you for sharing and for updating all of us.Love, Lea más

Carolyn Dine signed Vinny's Guestbook.

Thank you so much for updating! I have been thinking of Vinny and y'all wondering how you're doing and of Vinnys little pranks. Lea más

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Sarah - I understand that you might think that people have gotten on with their lives and don't want to know what's going on with your family now that Vinny is in ... Lea más

Robert Murphy signed Vinny's Guestbook.

Grow ever nearer to You there.Still reading your updates and still praying for All of you each day.Sending you love and hugs ><>  ><>  ... Lea más

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When you aren't writing, we're wondering where/how you are !So appropriate to remember Vinnie in light shows, light sabers and lightening storms....lighting up the ... Lea más

Kate Schwartz signed Vinny's Guestbook.

We definitely love to hear from you and will never forget Vinny.  Desi looks so beautiful and grown up! Lea más

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