Little Things. Big Differences.

Meet Shyne Aquino. He loves cars, trains, and all things that move! Vernon Aquino, a single father, has created a stable and loving home for his son, Shyne, who was diagnosed with brain stem cancer at 9 months old. He was not expected to learn, talk, walk, or even survive infancy. He is now 12 years old and has been thriving in regular classrooms at Iliahi Elementary and Wahiawa Middle School. Vernon says, “he is a miracle”.

Vernon and Shyne are best friends. Shyne gives Vernon focus and motivation, and Vernon keeps Shyne safe, healthy and loved. They enjoy watching movies and TV together at home. Some of Shyne’s favorite movies are Cars and The Polar Express. He also likes watching SpongeBob and cooking shows on TV. Shyne loves playing with train sets and battery-powered cars he can ride around in.

In May, Shyne was hospitalized and unable to attend school, which prevented Vernon from working. Shyne is now back home with his dad, who is his full-time caregiver.

Here are some Little Things that we know will make a Big Difference to Shyne and Vernon:

  • Groceries
    • Kimchi Bowls
    • Spam, Corned Beef, etc.
    • Apple Juice, Guava Juice
    • Go-Gurt
  • AAA Batteries for Train Set
  • Gift Cards
    • Foodland, Walmart, or Costco
    • Gas
    • Amazon
    • Toys R Us

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