Help Santino raise money for cancer research

Santino Carnevale is hosting a lemonade stand and bake sale Sept. 3 in West Jefferson to raise money for head and neck cancer research. Look for him along the Ox Roast parade route.
Santino Carnevale is hosting a lemonade stand and bake sale Sept. 3 in West Jefferson to raise money for head and neck cancer research. Look for him along the Ox Roast parade route.

(Posted Sept. 1, 2016)

Santino’s Lemonade Stand and Bake Sale will run from approximately 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Before and during the West Jefferson Ox Roast parade, look for the stand in front of Huntington Bank at 41 E. Main St. After the parade, the stand will be located at 92 S. Center St., across from the Ox Roast grounds and Garrette Park.

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Santino Carnevale, a 9-year-old from West Jefferson, is on a mission.

His goal: To raise $9,000 for head and neck cancer research. His method: a lemonade stand and bake sale before, during and after the West Jefferson Ox Roast parade. His inspiration: his dad.

In March 2006, Michael Carnevale found out he was going to be a father to his first and only son, Santino. Ten days later, Michael was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer diagnosed in just 1,200 people nationwide each year. Because the disease is so rare, little research has been done on it.

“It was almost like he was heaven sent, because he is such an inspiration to me to fight and keep going,” Michael said of his son. “He’s such a great kid.”

A fourth-grader at Norwood Elementary, Santino plays soccer, basketball and baseball. He takes piano lessons, performed in the children’s choir for the high school play, and achieved a perfect score on the math portion of the third-grade state test.

As it turns out, he’s also no slouch when it comes to fund-raising. Last year, his first with his Ox Roast lemonade stand, Santino raised $5,000. Friends, family and other volunteers donated cookies, candy buckeyes, zucchini bread and homemade pies. Customers donated generously.

“The community really comes together to not only support Michael but also Santino and his cause,” said Santino’s mom, Brooke. “To give you an idea how great this community is: Last year, someone donated $100 so that all veterans could eat free at the stand. Not one veteran would take something for free; they all donated.”

In early August, the Carnevale family got to see where those fund-raising dollars go. On invitation of one of Michael’s doctors, Ted Teknos, M.D., they toured the research facility at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Teknos, chair of the department of otolaryngology, plans to use the money to study the biology of adenoid cystic carcinoma so scientists can develop new treatment regimens for the disease.

“We got to look at cancer cells under a microscope, and we saw how they use liquid nitrogen,” Santino said of the trip.

When asked how he planned to achieve his higher fund-raising goal this year, Santino got right to the point: “More food, more support, more advertising.”

The community is invited to support Santino’s efforts by:

  • stopping by the lemonade stand;
  • donating baked goods (call Brooke Carnevale at 614-419-7718, Shannon Doran at 614-562-7600 or Sandy Karnes at 614-878-6864 to make arrangements);
  • making a donation to the Sheriff Jim Karnes Cancer Fund at any Huntington Bank (Karnes, Santino’s late grandfather and former Franklin County sheriff, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2011);
  • or going to cancer.osu.edu/giving-back to make a donation online.

All donations made through Dec. 31 will go to head and neck cancer research.

 

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1 COMMENT

  1. I am in! Count me in for $100 and let me know who to make it out to and where I should send my check! So proud of Santino and the entire family~❤️

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