It will be a year or so before Jesse Santiago Munoz-Crane’s doctors determine just how effective the bone marrow transplant from his brother will be in helping him overcome his Severe Combined Immune Disorder (SCID).
And while his family faces a very long journey with their infant son, they saw on Sunday just how many people are willing to be part of that journey.
It was standing room only in the basement of the Presbyterian Church, where the fellowship hall was full of area residents who had joined church members for a spaghetti supper and silent/live auction fund-raiser.
“It’s amazing,” says Jesse’s mom, Pastor Jessica Crane-Munoz. The family, she says, is very thankful to everyone who has helped since Jesse’s diagnosis shortly after his birth.
Several individuals and businesses donated items for the silent and live auction. Vince Snyder volunteered to be the auctioneer. A steady stream of guests lined up to eat and stayed to bid.
Born Aug. 18, Jesse had a bone marrow transplant in October. Jessica said that while it will be a year before doctors can fully evaluate its effectiveness, the family has learned that Jesse does now have some of his brother’s white blood cells functioning, helping to strengthen his immune system. Patients with SCID are very susceptible to infections.
The event included a slide show featuring photos of Jesse in the hospital, as well as information about SCID.
Residents can also make a direct cash or check donation payable to Munoz-Crane Benefit Fund at Farmers Savings Bank & Trust located at 401 B Avenue in Vinton.