Students hold fundraiser for young cancer victim

HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) — A local 7th-grader decided she didn’t want to sit idle and came up with a fundraising idea to help a young boy from Youngstown who is battling cancer.

Trinity Adams attends St. Patrick School in Hubbard. When she learned about Torence Thomas’ cancer diagnosis at church, she went back to her school and asked her principal if the school could have a dress down day.

The Catholic school students usually wear uniforms, but for a $1 donation, they could wear regular clothes in support of baby Torence.

“To me it was that his future is in jeopardy, and I wanted to do something for his family. Anything that can help, prayers, anything,” Trinity said.

Trinity knows about the cancerous tumor Torence once had in his neck and the chemotherapy he endured starting when he was 9 months old. His type of cancer is known as neuroblastoma.

Torence’s journey.

“This is our mission as a Catholic school and that’s what we do. We want to do for others,” said St. Patrick School principal Jackie Venzeio.

The students raised more than $100 with the dress down day.

Torence’s mother, Candace Nuby, said fundraisers like this one helped her get through the ordeal.

“The community coming together for Torence helped me 100 percent and got us completely through it,” Nuby said.

The donation from the students on Wednesday was made even more special because earlier this month, Torence underwent a series of tests to determine the next course of action.

“He is in remission and our plan based on these results is to not continue any more chemotherapy,” said Dr. John Fargo of Akron Children’s Hospital, who is one of Torence’s doctors.

Torence will be monitored closely over the next five years to make sure the cancer doesn’t return.

Nuby has been taking pictures and video through this whole process and she said one day she will show Torence the journey he has been through.

“That he did reach a lot of people and touch a lot of hearts,” Nuby said.

Torence and his twin sister Taylor turn 1 in September.

Nuby is working on setting up a foundation in his name to help other families who will unfortunately have to deal with a neuroblastoma diagnosis.

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