Love, Support Pours In For Fairfield Family Of 8-Year-Old Fighting Battle Against Brain Tumor

A community has come together to raise tens of thousands of dollars to help support the Connecticut family of a courageous 8-year-old boy who has been waging a tough battle against a brain tumor for years. 

Teddy Marchione, age 8, of Fairfield. 

Teddy Marchione, age 8, of Fairfield. 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of GoFundMe "Support Teddy Marchione's Brave Battle"

Since the age of 2, Teddy Marchione of the town of Fairfield has been fighting a pediatric brain tumor that likely began growing in utero, according to his neurosurgeon. Following his original diagnosis in 2018, he underwent a 10-hour surgery to remove the tumor. 

In the years since his first surgery, Marchione has gone through several rounds of chemotherapy and is now on his fourth treatment protocol, which requires him to travel to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston once a month. 

Additionally, Marchione also underwent another brain surgery in Ohio on Friday, May 10, to remove scar tissue from the first operation, which had been causing him severe seizures. 

As a result of his tumor, Teddy has reduced vision and several endocrine issues which require plenty of medical care and monitoring. 

Although he has already experienced so much, Teddy's health struggles do not stop him from achieving. 

He attends Jennings Elementary School, where he works to keep up with his friends and siblings despite his disabilities. 

He also plays baseball on a local Fairfield team for players with special needs. 

Despite these successes, the ordeal has put a great strain on his mom, Molly, who had to leave her job to care for Marchione full-time, and his dad, Ryan, who has to balance a full-time job with caring for his family. 

To help the couple with the costs of supporting Teddy, their friend, Jeanne Hegedus, began a GoFundMe page to collect donations from community members willing to help. 

"The Marchione family has been living every parent's worst nightmare and they need your help," Hegedus wrote on the page, adding, "Please help us to raise money for our dear friend and her family so they can dedicate all of their time to Teddy's recovery." 

According to Hegedus, all funds raised by the page will help the family with household bills and medical expenses. As of Thursday, May 23, the effort had already raised over $37,000 out of a $100,000 goal. 

Those interested in donating can do so by clicking here. 

"We all need your prayers and good wishes for this little fighter. Our hearts are with The Marchiones," Hegedus wrote. 

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