GoFundMe Started for Mike Romero, Longtime Coach and Father of Softballers Sierra, Sydney & Sophia Romero

The Romero household (lr): Sydney, Mikey, Mike, Melissa, Sierra and Sophia.

A GoFundMe account was arrange for Monday Mike Romerothe daddy of a quartet of gifted athletes, because the longtime softball hitting teacher has been hospitalized in San Diego resulting from pneumonia on high of his battle with most cancers.

The youngsters of Mike and his spouse, Melissatogether with a trio of softball standouts in oldest daughters Sierra and Sydneywho have been All-Americans at Michigan and Oklahoma, respectively, together with the youngest, Sophiawho signed to play with Boise State in November.

Sydney can also be at the moment a coach at Duke University and each she and Sierra will as soon as once more compete within the Athletes Unlimited professional league this summer season. Mikey was a primary spherical draft decide by the Boston Red Sox final summer season within the 2022 Major League Baseball draft.

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Sydney along with her dad throughout her All-American days with the Oklahoma Sooners.

The GoFundMe account for the daddy of 4 was arrange by a household buddy Patti Hornwho wrote that the aim is to boost $30,000 to offset medical prices:

“Please be a part of me in supporting the Romero household as Mike’s battle with most cancers continues. There have been many ups and downs over the previous 21 months. Hundreds of journeys to Moore Cancer Center in SD, chemo therapies, radiation therapies, scientific trials…he has actually been combating for his life. In an effort to assist help his household, he had been doing what he loves and offering hitting classes to native athletes a number of days per week.”

“Unfortunately, Mike has taken a flip for the more serious. An surprising sickness was pneumonia leaving him hospitalized. As a consequence, he has been pressured to cancel his classes indefinitely. Melissa was in a position to work just a few days a month, however in gentle of her new circumstance she is unable to proceed.”

She defined her connection to the household and why she began the fundraiser:

“I’ve identified them for about 10 years,” Pattie begins. “My son, davidperformed baseball with Mikey for the San Diego Show since they have been 10 years previous and then towards one another within the Trinity League right here in California.”

“They are household to me. We have traveled collectively, stayed collectively, and spent numerous hours on the fields watching our boys do what they love. They are a selfless household who will do something for anybody however but are the final to ask for assist. When Mike had to surrender the teachings it was actually heart-wrenching. My aim in setting it up was to present them a cushion so that each one of their vitality may be centered on getting Mike wholesome and again house.”

A Family United

Extra Inning Softball spoke with Melissa at the moment who stated she was “so drastically appreciative” of all those that have already helped with greater than 150 donations inside the first 24 hours.

“My household has by no means been one—in all of my 33 years with my husband—to be those to ask for assist. We’re at all times those to assist different individuals and when my buddy, Patti, stated she needed to do that, it was onerous for me to say ‘sure’ as a result of of how I’m.”

According to Melissa, Mike went into the hospital per week in the past Sunday, on January 8, simply someday after the couple celebrated their 30th marriage ceremony anniversary. Because of his pneumonia, he was stored till final Thursday (Jan 12) when he was launched; nevertheless, Mike needed to be readmitted the subsequent day and has been within the hospital since then with “no finish in sight.”

Today, docs inserted a gastrostomy tube (additionally referred to as a G-tube), which fits by means of the stomach to take vitamin on to the abdomen as a result of household head’s lack of ability to swallow correctly. It will help in nurturing the physique till the pneumonia and aspiration points are introduced beneath management.

All 4 of the Romero youngsters are again in Southern California to be with their father throughout the daytime for hospital visits earlier than driving the 1 hour 20 minute one-way commute again to the household’s house in Menifee (positioned in Riverside County).

The patriarch of the athletically completed household turned 50 on June 7th of final yr however has been battling the reoccurring most cancers for since 2011 with it “worsening with a vengeance,” over the past two years in keeping with spouse Melissa.

The most cancers—formally of the cheek and neck—started as a non-painful bump on the left aspect of Mike’s tongue, however it was recognized as Stage 3 tongue most cancers. It was eliminated and he underwent in depth chemotherapy and radiation however that very same yr he was pressured to endure a neck dissection–a surgical procedure completed to take away lymph nodes that comprise most cancers–as a result of the chance that it will unfold to the neck lymph nodes was excessive.

Doctors eliminated 30 nodes, however in a single of them most cancers was discovered which had not beforehand been viewable by a scan.

The Romero softball siblings (lr): Sydney, Sophia and Sierra. Two of the three play within the Athletes Unlimited league whereas the youngest–Sophia–begins her faculty profession this fall.

That yr and into 2012, Mike acquired 30 radiation therapies on the left aspect of his face.

For a decade, till 2021, all gave the impression to be effectively till a bump on the left inside half of his cheek was biopsied and discovered to be in place. Further scans confirmed that the most cancers had unfold to the suitable aspect of the coach’s neck. Despite surgical procedure and 30 extra classes of radiation therapy, the most cancers returned later within the yr to the suitable cheek and scientific trials have been in the end began.

Last yr, the most cancers returned to the left aspect of the tongue and Mike was pressured to finish 5 classes of proton remedy as a result of most cancers’s fast progress.

Over the previous couple of years, Mike has acquired chemotherapy each two weeks with physician appointments as many as 4 occasions per week. He was scheduled to have chemo on Jan. 9th of this month however couldn’t as a result of of the pneumonia issues; Dec. 29 was the final time he truly acquired the therapies.

“It’s onerous proper now,” Melissa continued, “as a result of there’s a lot unknown. Michael cannot return to scientific trials till the pneumonia is gone.”

No Rhyme or Reason

National championship-winning journey ball coach Mike Stith of the OC Batbusters has coached all three of the softball standouts and feels if any household can take care of the hardships life presents, it is the Romero’s.

“Mike (Romero) has at all times believed in onerous work and excessive expectations whereas elevating his children and it has created some very powerful and wonderful aggressive athletes,” Coach Stith remembers of his time with not simply the Romero sisters however their father as effectively.

“There aren’t any ‘former Batbusters,’ the membership coach continues. “They by no means depart, and Mike Romero is actually one of our strongest-willed fighters in this system’s lengthy historical past. We all pray for his sturdy combating spirit to proceed and pray for power to his household. They are effectively cherished.”

Mike and son Mikey, who was recruited to play baseball for LSU in addition to obtained picked within the 1st spherical of the 2022 MLB draft.

The father of 4 was most cancers free for 10 years, however shortly earlier than a household journey just a few years in the past, he observed a spot on his tongue that raised pink flags. Mike acquired extra therapies, however started to “really feel unwell” per his spouse and shortly thereafter observed one other spot on his neck.

“What’s loopy,” Melissa says, “is that he has by no means been a drinker (of alcohol), chewed (tobacco) or has been a smoker. The physician stated he was within the one p.c who obtained most cancers and there isn’t any rhyme or purpose for it.”

The day the pitching teacher introduced he needed to discontinue his classes to take care of his well being, each husband and spouse shed tears. Melissa works as an investigator for a employee’s comp firm however has been pressured to place her personal job on the aspect to be along with her husband.

“We take all the pieces daily,” she continues. “I do issues myself and it is at all times been that approach. I’ve realized to struggle and put my greatest foot ahead. I’ve instructed myself to be individual and to be good to different individuals. I do know we’ll be OK, we’re simply hitting a tough patch.”

Right now, the household is collectively however their very own profitable paths might pull them throughout the nation as soon as once more.

Sierra is predicated in Florida working with New Balance as one of the athletic firms sponsored athletes and is making ready to play with the professional league Athletes Unlimited this summer season with younger sister Sydney, who can also be a softball coach at Duke.

Mikey is on the point of depart for spring coaching to begin his professional baseball profession and Sophia is a senior in highschool trying ahead to starting her faculty softball profession at Boise State.

“There’s a lot happening!” the athletes’ mother says. “We’re simply making an attempt to juggle all of it and do what we will do. Our focus now’s simply on getting Mike house.”

Mike and Melissa Romero hit their thirtieth marriage ceremony anniversary earlier this month and have identified one another for 33 years.

Staying Positive

In sports activities, you sometimes root for one workforce towards one other, however on this battle everyone seems to be united in supporting Team Romero towards most cancers.

As phrase will get out about Mike’s well being and his keep within the hospital, extra and extra individuals are stepping as much as share their love, concern, prayers and, sure, donations to the GoFundMe account which got here near matching its unique aim in simply someday.

Tony Garciaa Firecrackers journey ball coach, a highschool coach at Eastlake High in Chula Vista, Calif., and father of UCLA redshirt junior catcher Alyssa Garciasums up the emotions of those that are cheering the fastpitch household on to raised and more healthy days.

“Mike and Melissa are from my neck of the woods, down right here within the Chula Vista space,” Coach Tony explains, “and we now have many mutual buddies, so it has been straightforward for us to comply with the Romero household’s wonderful accomplishments.”

“We’re all heartbroken about Mike’s situation however all of us proceed to strive staying constructive. Melissa was there for me with nice insights when my daughter was getting recruited at 13-years-old, so I need to be there, as I’m certain does the complete Softball World, in any approach–even when it is simply to elevate up prayers for the complete Romero household.”

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