Brooklyn Papers Cyclones Coverage
Jonathan Malo plays for the Cyclones, and more than anything else, he desperately wants to make one save this year.
If you’re a casual Cyclones fan, you might be a little confused since making just one save for a professional relief pitcher is not all that difficult.
If you’re a more serious Cyclones follower, then you’re really confused since you know that Malo is an infielder, not a pitcher.
But the save Malo needs to make doesn’t have anything to do with baseball. The save has to de with a life. His mother’s life.
Ever since he was 4 years old growing up in Canada, Malo has wanted to play major league baseball. His mother, Linda, has always been behind him, 100 percent.
As Malo, an only child, says, “She was always there for me. She forgets about herself so that I would never miss anything in life.”
In 2001, Linda became ill, and she has been battling the illness, since diagnosed as colorectal cancer along with other major complications, ever since.
She is now in Laval, a city about 25 minutes from Montreal.
Linda was a secretary in a dental office, and then a bookkeeper for the grocery store that Malo’s father runs.
Because of her illness, Linda has not been able to work for more than three years, and she has endured a number of medical procedures and incurred related costs.
Malo’s goal is to help his mother, but he makes a minor league salary, and cannot afford to pay for the operation that she needs. — a complicated operation involving a colostomy, a urostomy and a treatment for colorectal cancer with other related complications.
Malo’s mother cannot have the operation in Canada, and her son needs to raise $250,000 so that she can have it performed in the United States.
She has been to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for diagnostic care, and is prepared to come back to the United States to have the operation at an as yet undetermined medical facility if enough money is raised.
Linda, 45, used to weigh 130 pounds, but her weight has dropped to 95 pounds, where it has remained for awhile.
Malo’s mom used to go to many of her son’s baseball games, but because of her illness, she hasn’t seen Malo play in three years. She has been following Malo’s play on the internet
There are tentative plans to bring Linda to Keyspan Park to see Malo play during the Aug. 16-21 homestand, preceding the New York-Penn League All-Star Gala and Game at Keyspan Park.
The Cyclones are now formulating plans to help Malo raise money for his mother’s operation, and some of these fundraising activities will be in evidence during his mother’s visit to Keyspan Park.
When she was feeling well, Linda was very active, enjoying athletics like in-line roller skating and playing tennis.
“She would even play baseball a little bit with me,” said Malo.
Malo still has his dream to make the major leagues, and during games and practices he finds that he is able to concentrate on baseball.
“If I couldn’t,” says Malo, “They’d have to get me off the field.”
When he’s not on the field, naturally his thoughts focus on his mother’s condition.
“I feel guilty all the time for not having the money for her, knowing that it’s possible to raise the funds if everyone could lend me a hand,” explained Malo.
“This is the worst nightmare I’ve had in my life,” said the Cyclones’ infielder.
“I can’t let my mother die without doing anything to save her life.”
Malo had been keeping his mother’s condition private until recently, but he has decided to go public in order to raise funds for the operation.
To raise money, autographed photos of Malo can be ordered from Association Anuvie, a non-profit foundation that will soon change its name to The Jonathan Malo Foundation. The photos cost $5 and are available from the association’s Web site, save.anu-vie.org.
Some fans may want to request the photo, while others may elect to make a donation instead.
There will soon be a direct link from the Brooklyn Cyclones’ Web site to the Association Anuvie.
Meanwhile, fans can make a donation by going on the internet. (Save anu-vie, translated from French, means “Give life a second chance”).
Those wishing to help can also call (450) 687-8386 in Canada or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Donors may also send a check, payable to Association Anuvie, to:
Malo may be Canadian, but his jersey says “Brooklyn.” Yet his plight goes far beyond any team’s name on any uniform. The team is now much larger, composed of those who help.
“My mother,” says Malo, “is my world.”
©2005 Community News Group
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