The family of Cameron Marsh, the recently deceased 8-year-old, reached out to the Napa Valley Register to extend thanks to supporters in the Napa Valley.
Cameron suffered from adrenoleukodystrophy, a disorder that affects the white matter of the brain and the adrenal glands. The disease caused him to suffer a rapid neurological deterioration. He died in November after having just turned 8.
Deborah O’Haire, a school nurse with the Napa Valley Unified School District, said the family was grateful to everyone who reached out to help — including those who donated their time and their money, those who helped provide food and transportation, and to everyone who shared their thoughts and prayers on Facebook.
“We want to thank the community for their outpouring of support, love and concern,” O’Haire said. “A lot of those people never met the family, yet they still helped.”
O’Haire had been helping the family in an official capacity but also became a family friend.
She said the kindness shown by so many people was “incredible” and provided “tremendous strength” to the family.
Jina Forney-Marsh and her children wanted to extend a special “thank you” to the following organizations and individuals: Carol Potter from Cope Family Center, Napa Valley Hospice, especially Nurse Jo who came whenever needed, Jason Dugan, Carlos and Berta Salazar, Janice Bianchi, the staff at the Trancas Street Safeway, the staff at Shearer Charter School, the staff at Napa High, Harbison Appliance, Ginger and Rob Struven, and Yvette Sanchez from Garage Ink, Garaventa Florist, Tom Smith from Tulocay Funeral Home, Napa County Senior Chaplain Lee Shaw, Grace Church, Synergy, and members of the “Mommies Group” from Facebook, who continue to support Jina and her children.