Eighteen months ago, Jonah Navarro of Carson City was an active 10-year-old boy. Now, Jonah is confined to a hospital bed with terminal cancer.
Diagnosed with brain cancer in 2010, it quickly spread to Jonah's hip and back. As a result, doctors declared Jonah as terminal three weeks ago.
"They're just going to try and keep him comfortable, and try to deal with the pain," family friend Henry Melendres said. "Jonah was a typical 11-year-old boy. He was quite active and happy, and then he came down with this, and it changed his life. He became confined to a wheelchair, and now he's confined to a hospital bed."
Melendres is a pianist at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville and St. Teresa's Church in Carson City. He is producing a charity concert, "Tenors for Jonah" to assist the Navarro family.
The first concert is at St. Teresa's on Sept. 6, and the second is at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at St. Gall.
"Jonah is the eldest of six children. As you can imagine, Jonah's family is struggling mightily with medical expenses as well as everyday needs," Melendres said.
The family's only income is from Jonah's father who teaches private music lessons, and doesn't have insurance.
"The family has been dealing with repeated emergency trips to the hospital, and they've had to get babysitters for the five younger children," Melendres said.
The charity concert consists of three Carson City tenors singing a variety of operatic songs imitating the three great tenors, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.
They will also perform Disney music and other popular songs.
Suggested donations are $20 on the night of the performances. Donations may be made at Wells Fargo Bank, account No. 1660942010.
For more information call Melendres at 882-9690 or visit Jonah's Caring Bridge page at www.caringbridge.org/visit/Jonahnavarro.
IF YOU GO
What: "Tenors for Jonah" benefit concert
When: 7 p.m. Sept. 12
Where: St. Gall Catholic Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville
Info: Suggested donation of $20
Wells Fargo Bank Account No.1660942010