Donations Needed To Help 2-year-old Leukemia Patient

February 13, 2019
Donations Needed To Help 2-year-old Leukemia Patient

In Times of Need, Northeast Pennsylvania comes to the aid of its own. In our regular column, Patrice Wilding provides a platform for area residents facing a variety of obstacles to create awareness and connect them with much-needed help.


Who: Vivienne Budzyn of West Pittston is as lovely and sweet as the Disney princesses she so admires. The 2-year-old daughter of Vincent Budzyn, a social worker, and Marissa Marino, a registered nurse, truly is one of a kind, her family said. Vivienne also faces a unique journey for a little girl: she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Dec. 21, and she has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy so far. Her continued treatment will include several lumbar punctures through February to receive chemo directly into her spine, with more to come over the next two-and-a-half years at the minimum.

What/when/where: Donations can made be online at GoFundMe.com or mailed to 32 Old Mill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, payable to Vivienne Budzyn.

Why: Contributions will be used for medical and also household expenses, as both of Vivienne’s parents are away from work because of her treatment schedule.

In his own words: “When we first got the news, our world was instantly turned upside down. We didn’t have time to worry about how it happened or what the long-term picture would look like. We needed to focus on Vivienne’s health at that very moment and getting treatment started ASAP to beat this. Over the next month, our everyday lives came to a complete halt, and we spent every second with our 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter as she fought this cancer. That is where our family, friends and community came into play and allowed us to keep our focus on our daughter. It’s incredible to see how everyone can come together during such a difficult time. We are overwhelmed and very humbled by all the love and support we have received since this diagnosis. We honestly don’t know what we would do without it.” — Vincent Budzyn, father

Update: Longtime Scott Twp. firefighter Bill Tratthen, who was profiled in this column last week, is still seeking a match for a live liver transplant. Interested potential donors may visit the website for University of Pennsylvania, where Tratthen is being treated, to fill out a form to be tested (making sure to include Tratthen’s birthday, Feb. 24, 1968). Or, they may call 800-789-7366 for more information.

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