COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Depending on who you are, time has its own meaning. It can measure from past to present or present to future.
In Cottage Grove, time is on Ronnie Nowak’s mind every day.
“They said three to six months,” said Ronnie Nowak.
When she thinks of her 6-year-old grandson, Trenton Nowak, who has a spot-on shot and loves things most boys love, three to six months has never seemed so short.
“It’s called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas, which is a brain tumor in the brain stem. There’s really no treatment or no cure for it,” Nowak said.
Ronnie says Trenton’s diagnosis a month ago came shortly after another tragedy just a few months before.
“We just lost a son three months ago, almost four months ago, to colon cancer. We hadn’t even really gotten over that,” Ronnie said.
She knows when the time comes, it’s going to be hard.
“We cry a lot,” Nowak said.
But at least the road there can be a little easier.
“We want to take him camping and whatever he can do. We use to like to go hiking but that might be a little more difficult but camping, spending time at the lake, and swimming,” Nowak said.
Thanks to the help of family, friends, and strangers, they’ve left Trenton asking Ronnie the tough questions.
“He just asked me one time why people are so nice and I said because people are nice,” Ronnie said.
A short answer for a long list of generous people helping a 6-year-old hit a bullseye just in time.
“It’s all about him and his brother and the time that they have and the time that we have. We’re just making it happy and the best time that they can have,” Ronnie said.
Trenton is turning 7 on Tuesday, and he’s headed to Disneyland this weekend with Ronnie.
If you’d like to help Trenton, click here to go to his donation page. The funds will go toward anything Trenton wants to do in the next three to six months.