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Oradell boy, 2, with eye cancer needs your help

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

#ForNico: The days leading up to this year’s Super Bowl are full of concern, not excitement, for the family of little Nico Santoli or Oradell, who turned 2 earlier this month and has a rare form of childhood eye cancer.

The family has reason for hope, however, given that unilateral retinoblastoma has a high cure rate. But they are concerned for his sight — and the eye itself.

Treatments are costly. And although many people have held benefits and contributed on their own, much more help is needed.

Dom and his boy

“I’m a true believer in the power of positive thinking and the energy you put out is what you will receive back,” said Nico’s father, Dominic Santoli. “The Universe will provide for whatever you ask. You just need to know what to ask for.”

  • #ForNico: The River Vale Volunteer Fire Department did its part to help Nico Santoli of Oradell by buying a huge batch of t-shirts — the proceeds of which go toward the 2-year-old’s treatments for a rare form of childhood eye cancer. READ MORE….

If Santoli’s name is familiar, it’s because he was a standout athlete at Bergen Catholic High School, where he now coaches Crusaders linebackers and wrestlers and teaches gym.

He got word that his only son, Nico Michael Santoli, was sick while preparing his players for a game last September in Las Vegas.

“Without hesitation, the athletic director made a call and bought me a ticket for the next flight home,” Santoli wrote.

Retinoblastoma, which develops quickly in the retina, affects an estimated 300 children a year nationwide.

You can help

That Nico’s condition was caught early on, combined with the disease’s high cure rate, gives the family hope. In fact, Dominic Santoli is keeping a Facebook page  ( For Nico Santoli )  “so [that] when he is free and clear of this disease he will know how much people really care about him.”

The treatment is specialized, however.

In intra-arterial chemotherapy, a tiny catheter is inserted into the femoral artery, sending the medication directly to the tumor site – and mitigating effects to much of the body.

Those who know him speak of Dominic Santoli’s toughness.

“I tell them I don’t do it myself,” he wrote recently. “I tell them it’s the people who I have grown to know and love (and some who don’t know me at all) who continue to carry me through this situation with support and love.”

Now, he said, the job is simple: “Be strong, be positive and FIGHT until the cancer is no more!”

That’s going to take a lot of help.

You can donate to:

NICO M. SANTOLI CANCER SUPPORT
992 Oradell Ave
Oradell, NJ  07649

http://www.indiegogo.com/ForNico?a=1726253

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Or: Buy toys from this page and 20% of the proceeds will go to help Nico: http://www.discoverytoys.com/ForNico

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FOLLOW Nico on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ForNicoSantoli#!/ForNicoSantoli

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Or on Twitter: @fornicosantoli

U.S. service men and women are among many people worldwide who’ve sported “Nico” t-shirts in support

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