Little Manny an inspiration to others at Penrith’s Relay for Life

FOURTEEN-month-old cancer survivor Emmanuel Degeling of Mulgoa and his family celebrated by raising money for cancer research at Penrith’s Relay for Life on Saturday.
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Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Jake Degeling, Mitchell Ganic and Emmanuel (14months old) at Penrith Relay for life, Howell Oval Penrith. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Emmanuel (Manny) was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare form of childhood liver cancer, just before his first birthday.

‘‘It was quite an aggressive cancer; they had to remove half of his liver to get rid of the tumour,’’ his mother, Sharon Degeling, said.

‘‘But the prognosis is good; this is his last chemo treatment [on Monday] and doctors say by the time he’s an adult his liver should have regrown.’’

Mrs Degeling and her husband, Jake Degeling, decided to form a team for the Relay for Life: the Manny Moo Moo.

‘‘We named it that because Emmanuel’s nickname is Manny and my sister started calling him ‘Moo Moo’,’’ Mrs Degeling said.

‘‘Half of our team had cows’ suits on, it was perfect.

‘‘Our team raised $18,000 and we’re still getting donations.’’

She said her son’s recovery was not only encouraging for her family, but for other people fighting cancer.

She also said they were encouraged by other people’s messages of support.

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