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Community Helping Young Cancer Patient
Posted on: 04/12/2013
By  Mike Cullums
It’s a heartbreaking story, but the Marietta community has an opportunity to help a young child and his parents as he battles a rare form of childhood cancer.
Taryn Jorvig of Marietta is the son of Chris Jorvig and Sherri Lawell. He was born on June 11, 2009. This past February a tumor was discovered between Taryn’s liver and one of his kidneys. At Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus on March 5 he was fully disgnosed with neuroblastoma stage three cancer and bone marrow disease.
Treatment, which started last month, includes chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant and other biological therapies. About one in 100,000 children are diagnosed with this form of cancer. It is curable with extensive treatment, depending on how the child reacts to the chemotherapy.
Doctors have given Taryn a 50/50 chance of beating the disease.
Aa one would expect, the medical expenses are piling up, along with the costs of frequent trips to and from Columbus. That’s why a group of community members has organized a benefit for Taryn Jorvig on Saturday evening at the American Legion post 64 at Eighth and Wooster streets.
Debi Haney is one of the organizers…
“It’s a spaghetti dinner and we’re also having a raffle, with several nice prizes to be won. Raffles tickets are a dollar, or six tickets for five dollars. The dinner is five dollars per person. All the proceeds go to Taryn and his parents.”
The dinner starts at 5:00 p.m. Saturday; the raffle starts at 6:00.
Besides this event, Haney says there are other ways for community members to help…
“People can go to any Peoples Bank branch and tell (bank employees) they want to deposit money into the account titled, ‘Benefit Fund for Taryn Jorvig.’ Also, they can go to www.gofundme.org/TarynJorvig and donate there.”
We asked Debi Haney, “How is Taryn doing?” Her reply…
“He’s going through chemotherapy – he’s actually on his second round of chemo right now. Hopefully that will shrink the tumor so it will be operable and they can remove it. And then he’s going to have a bone marrow transplant, as well.”
You can follow this brave little boy’s progress on www.facebook.com/Pray4Taryn.
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