In Times of Need, Northeast Pennsylvania comes to the aid of its own. In our regular column, Patrice Wilding provides a platform for area residents facing a variety of obstacles to create awareness and connect them with much-needed help.

Who: Eleven-year-old Nicholas Suchecki of Old Forge has a heart of gold that beams love on animals and the people closest to him, including his parents, Angela and Charles, and his big sister, Cassandra. The kind and considerate sixth-grader enjoys drawing, science and anything to do with the ocean, such as sharks and fish, plus video-gaming and watching videos on YouTube. While Nicholas is known for worrying about the well-being of others over himself, his loved ones are desperate to find a cure for chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO) — a rare bone disease he suffers from. Nicholas endures monthly infusions at the children’s hospital in Danville plus injections, medications, biopsies, regular bloodwork, X-rays, MRIs and regular visits to a variety of doctors to help him with bone flare-ups, which happen when his bone lesions are active and cause him a great deal of pain. Nicholas has had to use a wheelchair at times as well as a cane and a boot.

What: Friends and family have organized under the name Team Nico for a CRMO Awareness 5K Walk-a-Thon and Basket Raffle. Registration costs $35 and can be done at under “Nico-Scranton.” There also will be Team Nico T-shirts for sale at the event.

When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: McDade Park, 1 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton

Why: Proceeds from the walk benefit the CRMO Foundation and Kaila’s Komfort, two nonprofits dedicated to CRMO awareness and treatment.

In his own words: “It would make me feel very happy to see people come out to support me and all of the other kids who have CRMO. I think that would be so cool.” — Nicholas Suchecki


SUBMITTED PHOTO Alexis “Lexi” Caviston


Lex-toberfest — an annual fundraiser for nursing student Lexi Caviston of Scranton, who lives with stage IV glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer — is set to return on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will be held at the Twentieth Ward Social Club, 2028 Pittston Ave., Scranton, and will include a buffet meal provided by Castaldi’s Catering plus a basket raffle, cash bar and entertainment by DJ Donna Diva. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children.