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Sandy Azevedo with the Merced Runabouts adopted Nathaniel Mariano's family for the holidays. Benioff Children's Hospital recovering from his transplant, which took place in early October. Azevedo said the club is family-oriented and adopts or
A 9-year-old Merced boy will undergo a bone marrow transplant Oct. 9 after months of waiting for a match. Nathaniel Mariano suffers from severe aplastic anemia, a bone marrow disease that prevents his body from producing blood. Cyclosporine, the only
Nathaniel Mariano and his family have received tremendous support from the community after an earlier Sun-Star story. Merced resident Denard Davis said after he read the story, he just couldn't put the paper down as usual and sit around. "A young man'
The 9-year-old suffers from severe aplastic anemia, a bone marrow disease that prevents him from making his own blood, his mother Eva Cortinas said. Cyclosporine, the only medication to treat his disease, stopped working for him, and he suffered