West New York teacher asks for community support for terminally ill first grader

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West New York teacher Jennifer Grom asked for community support for one of her students, seven year-old Crissmarie Sevilla, who is battling terminal pediatric brain cancer. In just over two weeks, her GoFundMe page has raised an incredible $25,000 for the family. 

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“I have been teaching here in West New York, first grade for the past 11 years,” Grom said at the town’s International Women’s Day luncheon at Son Cubano this afternoon.

“I often joked that I had seen it all … until this year. One of my little six year olds – bouncing, vibrant, happy, loving school – was out of the blue diagnosed with terminal pediatric brain cancer. For those of you who don’t know, terminal means there will be no cure for little Crissmarie.”

Later, she explained why donations will go a long way for Crissmarie in her family.

“$25,000 is life changing for this family. We’re hoping that this family can help their other two children, who are also in the West New York school system, a four year-old and a three year-old. We’re hoping this money will give them a trip somewhere, help them spend some time [together], take some time off of work.”

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  1. EVERYONE CAME OUT SO WHY IS THE ROQUE CAMPAIGN POSTER THERE? HE CAME FOR LIKE 5 MINUTES SPOKE THEN LEFT….SERIOUSLY? YOUR GOING TO USE A CHILD’S ILLNESS TO GET YOU VOTES? SHAME ON YOU

  2. I ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY COUSIN JENNIFER GROM, THE STAFF OF NUMBER ONE SCHOOL, THE WNYEA AND THE COMMUNITY FOR THEY WERE THE ONES THAT MADE THIS A HUGE SUCCESS!

  3. They just had a special about glioblastoma on 60 minutes on Sunday. Contact Duke University asap.

  4. ok is it your company posting these political signs? because last night it was roques ticket and since i made my initial comment now its the ticket im supporting….if it is hudson county views promotion of the candidates then i apologize to the Roque ticket. if its not then screw whomever is doing this to because i called you out on it

  5. ok obvious its promoting two of the 13 candidates i just feel that shouldnt be on this story line

  6. i meant two tickets column D and column C i now see it switching back and forth but last night it was only promoting column c ticket

  7. Just wanted to say how proud I am of my Niece, Jennifer Grom for speaking so eloquently and for all she is doing for this beautiful little girl and her family. May God Bless them all.

    • so am I Sue Jennifer is my second cousin (Ronnies daughter) and she basically made a miracle happen in such little time…we need more like her in this world

  8. Thank you cousin Dorinne and Aunt Sue! I appreciate you reading the article!!
    I am so proud of the community coming together and praying that little Crissmarie will be one of those miracle cases that makes the paper with a full and unexpcted recovery. God bless my little Crissmarie and for all who want to help, http://www.gofundme.com/teamcrissmarie

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