By Alicia Neaves
MIDLAND - A young Midland boy about to start high school was given terrible news in the past few weeks: He has a malignant cancerous tumor. Now, his group of friends since kindergarten is stepping up to raise support.
This tight-knit group has been friends since kindergarten. Now, one of them is in Fort Worth receiving treatment for Rhabdomysarcoma, the most common soft tissue tumor in children.
The group tells NewsWest 9 what's most important for their sick friend to know is that he is not in this fight alone.
The soon-to-be Midland Lee students are raising support for one of their own, 14-year-old Marcelino Rodriguez, or 'Nino', as they like to call him.
"He's funny. He's cool. I've known him forever," Friend, Lorena Loya, said.
Within the past couple of weeks, they found out he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
"We just want to help out the family. He has a big heart. He would help us out if it was us," Friend, Lilli Morgan, said.
Nino has Rhabdomysarcoma, which is a malignant tumor of the muscles that are attached to the bones.
"He's strong. Keep him in your prayers. I love him," Cousin, Mario Aguirre, said.
The group of friends decided to host a car wash, raising money for Nino's family and medical expenses.
"It'll be important to them that people are out there caring about him. He's not alone in this fight. I hope everything's ok with him. He's in my prayers," Morgan said.
The best friends hope their efforts will help relieve at least a little bit of the anguish and stress of his family.
"He's got this. We'll be there for him. He's a fighter too," Nino's friends said.
The group of friends will be holding the carwash Saturday, August 16 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of El Super Mercado in Midland.
As an extra incentive, they say, for a few extra bucks, they'll even clean the inside of the cars.