St. Bernadette School third-grader Michael Orbany was treated to the birthday party of his life Monday morning as the entire school surrounded the little cancer patient with love and good cheer.
Diagnosed with brain cancer while in first grade, Michael was all smiles at the huge birthday bash to show the school’s love and support for him as he turned 9 years old.
“His only wish is to be able to share this birthday celebration with you,” said his mom, Georgianne, to the school assembly. “So his wish came true!”
Michael was all smiles throughout the celebration. His classmates wore T-Shirts that said, “‘Circle of Faith, Hope and Love’ for Big Mike.” How true!
St. Edward High basketball coach Eric Flannery presented Michael with an honorary jersey with his birthday number – “9”- on the back.
Theme of the day was Michael’s motto NEGU – Never ever give up!
The morning started with a police escort to school in a limo. The halls of the school were lined with birthday cards and posters. Also on hand was Slider, Flower the Clown and other local celebrities. A special video & song for Michael took place in the gym, along with pizza, cake, ice cream and all sorts of other fun & exciting celebrations. Everything for the party was donated by community leaders and local businesses – all wanting to show their love and support for this special boy! To find out more about Michael please go to:
Miracles for Michael
Michael Edward Orbany is an 8 year old in the 3rd Grade at St. Bernadette School. In October of 2010, a cancerous brain tumor, medulloblastoma was discovered and completely removed. Michael received radiation and chemotherapy treatments following his surgery for almost a year. Michael was cancer free for a little over 3 months. In June of 2012, the cancer returned. Michael is presently being treated at the Cleveland Clinic for cancer of the brain and spine. The Orbany’s will be traveling to Boston as The Cleveland Clinic will be working with the Newman-Lakka Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy. This institute is located in the Floating Hospital for Children at Tuft’s Medical Center in Boston, MA.
Throughout his journey, he has been a true inspiration to many people, young and old. He has taught others to be strong and to keep fighting, no matter what comes your way. His faith, hope and love follow him wherever he goes. His smile has been described by many people as infectious! You just can’t help but put a smile on your own face when you see him!
Michael has a brother named Matthew who is a sophomore at St. Edward High School. Through these tough times, he has always remained by Michael’s side and been the best big brother anyone could ever ask for. His nickname for Michael is “Big Mike”, because he has proven to be stronger than any one person Matthew knows.