Monday, April 15, 2019

  

Pawling teen, with rare cancer, fights for his life

Tommy Poulin, right, with his buddy, Sean Holback

PAWLING – Tommy Poulin has been an active, athletic 17-year-old getting ready for graduation from Pawling High School, but now he is in Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in Manhattan fighting for his life.

Tommy has a rare and aggressive form of cancer – osteosarcoma, which first appeared in his right thigh.

On April 2, he broke his femur and was taken to Sharon Hospital and was immediately airlifted to the Children’s Trauma Center in Hartford, Connecticut. After he was diagnosed, he was transferred to Sloan Kettering for treatment.

Tommy’s best friend, Sean Holback, set up a GoFundMe page, which has raised over $50,000 toward the goal of $250,000 that will be needed by the family to cover-non-insured costs for treatment. Over 500 people have donated so far with 2,000 sharing the information.

The young man had plans to join the family electrical contracting business operated by his parents when he graduates this spring.

While insurance covers some costs of Tommy’s treatment, many are not. That’s where Sean’s fundraising campaign comes in and he is asking people to contribute for his best friend.

 

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