Capital Heroes: Janine Cammarata at the Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation

REXFORD, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Nick Cammarata was a healthy 13-year-old swimmer when he was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia on July 4, 2008.

“We spent most of the time in the hospital. He was always ill. In September he had a lot of infections and had to have surgeries,” Janine Cammarata, Nick’s mom, said.

Those surgeries and heavy rounds of chemo got Nick into remission on October 18, 2008. He bravely lost his battle with cancer a week later. His infectious spirit lives on with Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation.

Cammarata, our Capital Hero, created the non-profit in her son’s memory.

“We provide video games, movies, arts and crafts – distractions for the siblings. We give gift cards to the parents so they can go get food and coffee.”

For the past seven years Janine has organized Nick’s Run to be Healed 5K. It serves as the foundation’s main fundraiser.

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