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Lucas Goldbaum is dealing with a lot more than your typical 13-year-old - he is fighting a battle for his life. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in July and is ready for the fight.

Since he was diagnosed, his mother, Kathleen O'Connell, has been on a quest to find a cure or at least stop the tumor from spreading. Lucas takes supplements and eats foods designed to strengthen his immune system. He does physical therapy, massage and acupuncture. He is on a new drug combination but O'Connell believes her best shot is a vaccine being developed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Neurosurgeon John Yu and Chairman of Neurosurgery Keith Black are heading up the research on this vaccine and said that if the vaccine works they hope to slow the progression of the disease and someday find a cure.

Lucas is finding support from family and friends and his aunt, Colleen O'Connell, is no exception. O'Connell, a physical education teacher and girls varsity tennis coach for the Jericho School District, is doing everything she can to help her nephew.

O'Connell organized a fundraiser dubbed "An evening for Lucas" that is set for Sunday, May 3 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Mulcahy's, which is located at 3232 Railroad Avenue in Wantagh.

Admission is $30 per adult and $15 per child. This includes music, buffet dinner, open bar, raffles, auctions and giveaways. Anyone interested in making a donation, please make checks payable to Lucas Goldbaum and mail them to 2185 5th Street, East Meadow, NY 11554.

For more information, please contact TeamLucas2009@yahoo.com. To learn more about Lucas, please visit www.caringbridge.com/visit/lucasgoldbaum.


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