by Justin Kree
MIDLAND- A little rain Saturday morning did not damper plans to hold a car wash to raise money for 14-year-old Marcelino Rodriguez. Known by family and friends as "Nino." Friends and loved ones wore T-shirts that said "Team Nino" as they got together to show the young man love during this difficult time.
"He's always been there for me and that's not going to change. I'll always be there for him," one friend said.
"I've known him forever, he'd do the same for us I'm pretty sure," another friend said.
"We've been close since kindergarten. He's always been there for me. He's not one to always show his emotions, so I could never be there for him, but now I can," another friend said.
"I love Nino to death. Of course, I'd come out here and help him. He's an amazing guy," another friend said.
"We're doing it to help raise money for his medical bills and everything. To let him know, too, we're here to support him," another friend said.
Across town, a second benefit was taking place with food, raffles and music. The entertainment was to raise more money for Nino. His mother Jessica Romero says he's doing well.
"As of today (Saturday), he's doing good. He's in really good spirits. A lot of prayers from family and friends and thoughts are what is pulling him through," Romero said.
Nino was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that affects muscles that are attached to the bones. It's looking like Nino will lose the sight in his right eye because of the disease.
"He probably won't regain any sight in his right eye but he's OK with it. Being 14 and all, he's ok with it," Romero said.
With the two benefits going on, Nino is not alone in this fight.
"It's actually overwhelming and actually amazing and just a blessing for everyone to be out here today (Saturday), I couldn't thank them anymore," Romero said.