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“ThinkBIG” event to be held to benefit families of children with cancer

Dunmore child inspiration for ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund

SCRANTON, Pa. – Carmine Monacelli of Dunmore was 9 years old when he was first diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that starts in the bones. It was the summer of 2011, and Colby Wesner, D.O., was in his first year of pediatrics residency when the two met at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

“From the start, Carmine was a really special, unique kid,” says Dr. Wesner.  “Every time I saw him, he’d talk about what he wanted to be when he grew up – a marine biologist, a WWF wrestler, the Pope – and I always said Carmine was a big thinker.”

When Carmine passed away in March of 2012, Dr. Wesner wanted to honor his memory and help other families going through similar experiences as the Monacellis during their time at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. The ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund was created with Carmine’s big thinking attitude in mind. The fund provides support to families of children who are battling cancer.

On Sunday, Oct. 13, from 2 to 5 p.m., a fundraising event will be held at Gubbio’s Restaurant, Dunmore, to raise funds for the ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund. Dr. Wesner will be a guest bartender at the event, along with Carmine’s parents, Rico and Larissa Monacelli. Drink specials, food and football will be available, along with raffle baskets. Proceeds will benefit ThinkBIG and the children and families treated at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

“Carmine was the perfect inspiration for this fund,” says Dr. Wesner. “He was a little boy who was always looking for ways to help people; this is probably something he would have gone on to do.  It’s a perfect fit.”

For more information about the event, please contact Westyn Hinchey at 570-703-8179 or wlhinchey@geisinger.edu.