B-R supports teen Jameson Marrone battling cancer

RAYNHAM — We are BR.

Saturday was the annual BR Classic where Raynham Giants Youth Football takes on the Bridgewater Badgers.

Many were excited to come out and see the pigskin being thrown around, but at the end of the day both teams were on the same team for Support Squad Team Jameson.

“We’re coming together tonight for a good cause and to help the family,” said Jeremy Melusky, chairman of Raynham Giants Youth Football.

Jameson Marrone, 14, from Raynham, always wanted to play football growing up, but waited until high school.

Marrone, a freshman at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, started practicing with the freshman soccer team for two weeks in the summer and then dropped out because he wasn’t feeling great, his aunt Caylee Nickley said.

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Nickley said he then went to the doctor and was sent to Boston Children’s Hospital after some blood work.

That night on September 13, Jameson was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL).

Nickley said he will be undergoing two years of treatment and that he has just completed his first month at the Jimmy Fund Clinic.

Nickley said the community has been incredibly supportive of Jameson during this difficult time.

She said BR high school had organized a day for all students to wear orange, the color for leukemia awareness.

Even Raynham Middle School set up a fundraiser where, if they donated a dollar, students could go out for lunch and all the proceeds went toward family expenses.

Jeremy Melusky said he decided to meet Bob Long, president of the Bridgewater Badgers, to see what the two teams could do to show solidarity and they landed in orange socks.

All the players, coaches and even Melusky himself wore orange socks that day to show their support for Jameson.

The Raynham Giants cheerleaders supported Jameson by wearing orange bows. The cheer team had set up a table at the gate to receive donations for Jameson. They also had orange ribbons and socks to spread the leukemia awareness

Melusky said the Raynham Giants cheer team raised $3,000 at the gate and each team donated $500 that day, so in total the Raynham Giants and Badgers organizations raised $4,000 to go to Jameson’s GoFundMe.

Melusky said he was blown away by the level of community support.

Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District Superintendent Derek Swenson was on hand and said he was impressed by the outpouring of support.

“The community support behind this young man is incredible,” he said.

Nickley said it’s amazing how generous and considerate the entire community has been to their family.

“These are people who may know him or people who may not know him who are willing to help our family and Jameson and it’s great,” she said.

“It helps everyone to know that everyone is supporting him in his fight to beat cancer.”

To donate to Jameson’s GoFundMe page, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/jamesons-journey-to-tackle-cancer.

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