Time for Trenton

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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.


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  1. Gretchen Walker says:

    I own The Sassy Cupcake in Eugene. I would love to offer cupcakes for his Birthday if you are having any type of celebration when you arrive home. It’s a very small thing, but we would love to do it!

    Praying for you all. ~ Gretchen

    1. karen says:

      How wonderful of you to support this family….. May be small to you , but means so much to others…

  2. Debbie Hendryx says:

    Dear Trentons Family; In April 2013 my 3 yo Grand Daughter Leah was given the same diagnosis, after she was knocked down by her dog. Her Parents took her home to “die” It was the Worst, most knock you to the ground news.. A month or so after her Mama heard that cannabis oil can cure this .. (It’s slightly more complicated than my words) If you look up cureyourown cancer.com or Rick Simpson you can get more information. On Facebook look up Support for Leah Rose Merklin for her journey. They began giving her the oil July 1st and, Praise God, we helped her celebrate her 4th Birthday this last March. A Birthday she was not supposed to have seen. Leah has MANY people praying for her complete healing. We are not blind that anything can happen but we are Thankful for each day. She had an MRI a couple of weeks ago and her DIPG was 100% stable!!! It had not grown any since the previous MRI in December 2013. I am so very sorry for this devastating diagnosis for Trenton but GOD IS greater than any tumor if you believe and have faith~ We believe God brought the information of the oil to Leahs parents and are SO grateful. Good Luck, and God bless you all!!

  3. Mary says:

    I heard that Cannabis oil works too but also CANCER STEP OUT OF THE BOX by Ty Bollinger and CANCER CAN BE CURED by FATHER ROMANO ZAGO are two books that have alternative cures. Some have been brought back from terminal cancers from some of the therapies. Apples seeds…apricot seeds are said to kill cancer cells also ALOE ABORESCENS is said to have cured some with terminal cancer. Those books are a must read. There’s also a hospital in Mexico called the Hospital of Hope I think with a doctor who does alternative therapies. Conventional medicine doesn’t always have all the answers.

  4. James Crosby says:

    First of all, let me offer my condolences to this family. There are really no words to express what a horrible tragedy it is for a child to die young. Everyone should have a full and happy life.

    Beyond that however, I hope this family researches cannabis as a potential therapy. I know that it is likely too late, but it is worth a shot. Please, look into cannabis and cancer/tumors. Google it if you have to.

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