Get On Board:
Supporters of Steven Morales, the six-year-old Far Rockaway boy who was diagnosed with a life-threatening malignant brain tumor, will be coming together on Thursday, April 27 to raise funds for the family’s medical expenses.
The fundraiser will be held at The Beach Club, 129 Beach 116 street, from 7 to 11 p.m. The evening will feature a buffet dinner, DJ, entertainment, raffles/prizes, and auctioning of sports memorabilia. Those who attend will be able to meet and show their support for Steven and his family--parents Francisco and Luz and sisters Crystal and Naomi.
Steven was diagnosed with Brainstem Glioma in June 1998, after complaining of headaches and stomachaches. Doctors informed the Morales family that only 25 percent of patients with such a cancerous tumor survive beyond 12 months.
Steven beat the odds and went into remission after undergoing a combination of direct radiation to the tumor and taking natural products and alternative medicines.
After 18 months, on January 18, 2000, Steven relapsed and the tumor was growing once again. Radiation and chemotherapy treatments were unsuccessful, leaving Steven with a tumor that continues to grow.
The Morales family has sought a special non-toxic, non-radiation alternative cancer treatment offered by Dr. Burynski in Houston, Texas. Dr. Burynski’s procedure and success rate in battling cancer has gained national attention. The treatment is in the initial stages of approval by the Federal Drug Administration, therefore not yet covered by medical insurance. The cost starts at $15,000 and can be as much as $7,200 for additional treatments.
For the past two and a half weeks, Steven has been receiving the initial treatment by Dr. Burynski. According to Mr. Morales, Steven is "responding well." When the Morales’ went down to Texas, Steven was beginning to have a reduction in motor skills on his right side. Since starting the treatment, Steven’s motor skills have improved slightly.
Tickets for the April 27, 2000 fundraiser are $30. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling John McLoughin at The Wave office (no later than Monday, April 24).
All civic groups, school leadership classes, religious institutions, businesses, and other organizations and individuals are urged to attend the fundraiser.
"April 27 is going to be a beautiful night," McLoughlin said. "It’s not going to be a night to feel bad for Steven, but to rejoice in the love of friends and neighbors coming together for a special cause. I urge everyone to come out to support Steven and his family. Our support can mean a second chance for Steven."