Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 04 January 2013 00:00
Seven-year-old Nicholas Pedone received a special surprise four nights before Christmas: a visit to his home by Santa Claus, who showed up on a fire truck with members of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, Glen Cove EMS and Glen Cove Police Department in tow.
On the evening of Friday, Dec. 21, the convoy arrived on the quiet street in Glen Cove where Nicholas lives, and Santa delivered a big bag of gifts to Nicholas’ door. In November, Nicholas was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer. Nicholas immediately underwent surgery to remove the mass found on his adrenal glands. Unfortunately, it could not be fully removed. So far he has had two chemotherapy treatments, and is on an aggressive treatment plan for the next one to two years.
There is very little known about why neuroblastoma occurs, or about what factors increase the risk for occurrence. Seven out of 10 cases are not diagnosed until the disease has spread to other parts of the body. Neuroblastoma accounts for approximately 8-10 percent of all childhood cancer diagnoses. This very rare childhood cancer has only 600 new cases per year in the United States or equivalent to one in every 100,000 children. There is no known cure for relapsed neuroblastoma.
Sergeant Peter DiMaggio, Sergeant Ryan Nardone and Officer Frank DeLuca of the Glen Cove Police Department, along with the support of the GCPD, GCVFD, and GCEMS, were instrumental in bringing the dramatic gift delivery to Nicholas’ home, though members of all departments were very happy to take part in the event, an example of cohesiveness within the Glen Cove community.
As Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Chief Rodni Leftwich said, “We take care of our own.”
For more information on Nicholas’ fight against cancer, or to donate to his cause, visit www.nicholaspedone.com.