HARLINGEN – Nick Peters had hoped to be home by now … on the mend from a bone marrow transplant in April.
Instead, the 17-year-old Harlingen High School student is in Houston in pediatric intensive care battling for his life.
The past two weeks have been especially tough. He’s been having various problems involving all of his major organs.
While that will stop him from being able to join his friends, classmates and their families today at a fundraiser at Wesley UMC, Nick will be there in spirit.
There are sure to be plenty of people wearing yellow T-shirts with the words “No one fights alone” as well as prayers going to Nick and his family.
“It is a roller coaster that shifts direction frequently and unexpectedly,” Nick’s mother Judi stated in a Facebook message about his condition.
But, there’s also been a lot of support for the family.
“We are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers, not only from our friends, family and community, but worldwide as his story has been shared on social media,” she stated. “His struggle has definitely opened the eyes of many to the face of childhood cancer awareness.”
Part of the event today from 3 to 6 p.m. is a way to raise funds for the family, but it also is a way to educate and make people aware of childhood cancer.
“As more become aware, hopefully funding will increase and cures can be found,” Judi wrote. “Currently, all childhood cancers combined receive only 4 percent of the NCI’s funding.”
Judi and Nick’s father Jeff are well aware of the obstacles being faced. They have dealt with Nick’s illness for years.
Nick has been battling leukemia since 2009, when he was 10.
He has relapsed twice and the second time promoted a need for a bone marrow transplant in 2015.
His sister was a perfect match.
Nick and Judi moved to Houston at that time and when the complications occurred, Jeff joined in August.
The transplant was soon after and he was supposed to stay in Houston for 100 days.
But, he was readmitted on July 3. On Aug. 2, he had multiple complications that continue to plague Nick now.
“These fundraisers have been essential to allow both my husband and I to remain with our son in Houston during this critical time,” Judi wrote.
If you go
WHAT: Put childhood cancer on ICE … Enjoy some tropical shaved ice snow cones from KONA ICE to support #teamwalkerpete, raising awareness and raise funds for Nick Peters, a teenager fighting for his life against cancer
WHEN: Today, Sept. 21, from 3 to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Wesley UMC and Preschool parking lot at 1406 E. Austin Ave.
HOW: Prices range form $3 to $6 and the sales will go to #teamwalkerpete.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP: Saturday, Oct. 1, Until My End benefit Christian band concert.
T-shirts can be purchased by calling Terri Teinert at (956) 454-4972.
To donate, give to Nick Peters at First Community Bank.
What you didn’t know about Childhood Cancer
- Childhood cancer kills. Long term survival rates continue to increase, but not fast enough to save the lives of the 250 children killed each day due to cancer and its complications. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States.
- Childhood cancer research is severely underfunded. Less than 5 percent of the federal government’s total funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers each year — without funding, research will not happen. And without research, cures won’t happen either.