2005-09-09 / Sports

Cyclones’ Malo Fights to Save His Mother

By Joe McDonald

Jonathan Malo. Photo by TwigJonathan Malo. Photo by Twig It’s what every child dreads and losing a parent to any disease is the toughest thing for a person to accept.

Brooklyn Cyclones’ shortstop Jonathan Malo won’t let his mother pass away from cancer without a fight. And because an operation is not performed in Malo’s native Canada, he is trying to raise $250,000 to have his mother’s procedure done in the United States.

According to a website Malo and childhood friend Gabriel setup, Linda Malo was diagnosed with “a genetic colorectal cancer with complications of having fistulae, chron disease, stenosis and volvulus.” In layman’s terms, she has colon cancer and if Linda doesn’t not have the situation corrected as soon as possible, Jonathan may lose his mother.

“She’s getting worse and worse everyday,” the Cyclone’s shortstop said. “We need to get a doctor to do it [for free or paid later] or we [raise] the money. It might be better to get someone to do the operation first, because it’s going to take us a long time to get the money.”

Through Malo’s website and the efforts of the Brooklyn Cyclones, between $30,000 and $35,000 has already been raised. There have been donations pouring, including a $1,000 donation from the Hudson Valley Renegades, $1,000 given by Cyclones announcer Warner Fusselle and donations from former Monteal Expos Gary Carter and Derek Aucoin. There have been other contributions of time and events to make this operation a possibility.

But time may be running out and there is more work that needs to be done before Linda Malo can get her life saving operation.

“A lot of people told me that she’s going to die if she doesn’t get this operation,” Malo said.

If anyone wants to donate, please visit http://save.anu-vie.org for more information.

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