DALLAS TWP. —Liberty Tax Service wants customers to help 10-year-old Nicky Sorbelli “kick cancer’s ass.”
Those are strong words but the disease the youngster is battling has taken a toll on him and his family, said Tom Williams, director of marketing for Liberty Tax Service.
A longtime friend of Nicky’s dad, Wayne, Williams has made the family’s situation a priority for his employer, Liberty Tax Service.
Liberty Tax Service has always hosted an annual charity campaign during tax season, said Thom Heaney, Dallas franchise owner.
Sometimes it is national nonprofit organizations such as the American Cancer Society, but this year the business is taking aim to help the Sorbellis, he said.
The Back Mountain branch of Liberty Tax Service will donate $25 for every new customer who files their taxes and mentions the code “NICKY2016,” Williams said.
Existing customers can donate via collection boxes which will be located at each tax preparers’ desk, Heaney said.
People interested in helping the family can also mail monetary donations to First State Bank of the Florida Keys at P.O. Box 1579, Key West, Flordia 33041. Checks or money orders should be made payable to, Sorbelli and note on the memo line Nicky Sorbelli Donation Fund (2487). The family also has a GoFundMeaccount at www.gofundme.com.
Wayne and his wife Jamie, owners of Wayne’s World in Dallas, have poured their finances into Nicky’s battle with a formidable and deadly foe, T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.
“The financial burden, as you can imagine, is tremendous, and we can use all the help available and appreciate that Liberty Tax in Dallas has set this arrangement up for us,” Wayne Sorbelli said in a written statement.
Nicky was diagnosed with the aggressive form of cancer in May 2015, Williams said. Following intensive chemotherapy treatments ,he was cancer-free but in November two tumors were detected — one in his chest and one in his throat.
“Nicky’s cancer became chemo resistant in late November so they (doctors) had to switch his treatment to a harder chemo and now he needs a bone marrow transplant,” Wayne Sorbelli stated in a written news release.
The family’s finances are being stretched between medical expenses, maintaining a permanent residence in Key West, Florida, and an apartment near the Miami Medical Center to be near their young son. Wayne temporarily shut down his second shop, Island Guitar, also known as Wayne’s World 2, in Key West, Williams said.
“His only income is the local (Dallas) store,” Williams said.
Williams, who has stayed in touch with Sorbelli, said he has heard no news from his friend.
“You know the saying no news is good news — well, in this situation, no news is bad news,” Williams said.
Jayson Yatsko of Wayne’s World in Dallas is in touch with Sorbelli almost daily regarding business matters, but Friday, a message on Please Help Nicky Sorbelli’s Facebook page had him concerned.
“About an hour ago (about 1 p.m. Feb. 12) (Wayne) posted, ‘Nicky is not strong enough to handle anymore chemo or radiation, so I will make and treat him with my own natural cancer killing cocktails,’” Yatsko said.
Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews.