Family of 7-month-old baby facing leukemia buoyed by Manorville community


The Manorville community and beyond is rallying together to support the family of a 7-month-old boy diagnosed late last month with acute myeloid luekemia.

Carmine Gary Martino faces four courses of chemotherapy treatment over the next six months at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. The cheery-faced baby will be staying at the hospital with his parents, Carmine and Christina.

To ease the oncoming financial strain on the family, donors have given more than $52,000 on a GoFundMe page for little Carmine and his folks. The page was created six days ago.

You can click here to contribute to the fundraiser for Carmine Gary and his family.

“He is my little tough guy!” Carmine’s grandfather, also named Carmine, posted on Facebook. “Please consider donating – every little bit helps my son and daughter-in-law as they take care of Carmine during his chemo over the next 6 months.

“Every share also helps to spread the word – thank you all in advance❤,” added the elder Carmine Martino, an ex-captain and long time member of the Manorville Fire Department.

Leading up to his diagnosis, a high fever and low blood counts had the baby in and out of the hospital for two weeks. He received multiple blood transfusions and biopsies.

“His parents, Carmine and Christina, and our entire family are devasted by this diagnosis,” the baby’s grandmother, Colleen Martino, said on the GoFundMe site. “Carmine Gary is a beautiful, bashful, happy seven-month-old baby boy.

“He always has a smile on his adorable little face,” she continued. “We all love him very dearly.”

Indeed, a number of donors commented on the GoFundMe page for young Carmine Gary that his charming smile helps brighten their days.

Christina Martino needed to leave her job in order to stay at the hospital full time and help care for her son.

“They already have accumulated thousands of dollars in medical bills and are trying to live on one income as his treatment is carried out,” Colleen Martino wrote, referencing her son and daughter-in-law, who wed in 2017. “Our family appreciates all of your kind words, prayers, and donations. Please hug your kids a little tighter today and be thankful for their good health.”

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