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Pair of cousins team up to help cancer patient

August 13, 2012

Alyssa Conlan,10 (left), and her sister Ellie,8, open cards containing gift certificates that 11-year old Christopher Carlino presented to them yesterday to say thank you for raising $2,700 towards his cancer battle. Jessica Boisclair. Kent County Daily Times.

COVENTRY — Two young cousins from Coventry have joined forces during the past two months to help raise money for Christopher Carlino, an 11-year-old boy who was re-diagnosed with Lymphoma.

At the age of seven, Christopher, who attends Father John V. Doyle School, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

He had to undergo four months of chemotherapy at Hasbro Children’s Hospital to treat the cancer.

After a year of waiting and hoping, the young Coventry resident went into remission.

His parents had to take Christopher to the hospital every three months to have tests done.

According to the doctor, a person is not cancer-free until they’re in remission for five years.

Unfortunately, with one left year before Christopher would be deemed cancer-free, he was re-diagnosed this past May with Stage four Lymphoma.

“I felt the lymph node in his neck and I took him to Hasbro,” Susan Carlino, Christopher’s mother, said. “They did an exam and didn’t like the results. It came back with stage four.”

She explained that Christopher is currently going through chemotherapy at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, in hopes the cancer will yet again go into remission.

“Even though this is the second time around, it doesn’t slow him down,” his father, John, laughed.

Because Christopher has to relive his experience from four years ago, two local girls decided to raise money in celebration of him.

Elizabeth (Ellie) Conlan, 8, and her cousin Julia Tremblay, 8, heard about Christopher from their grandmother, Marguerite.

When Ellie’s sister Alyssa was eight-years-old, her grandmother said she held a fundraiser and was recognized by the state.

She explained that when Ellie turned eight, she asked her grandmother what she could do to help people in need; Marguerite then told her about Christopher.

Julia said that her sister and her cousin decided to raise money for Christopher because “we thought this could happen to any of us.”

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