A car wash to help with funeral expenses for a Merced boy who recently had a bone marrow transplant is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at Roller Land, 1445 W. 18th St.
The money from the car wash will go toward Nathaniel Mariano's funeral expenses.
He died unexpectedly at 5:05 a.m. Monday when his organs started to fail.
Nathaniel had been home in Merced recovering for 26 days after receiving a bone marrow transplant late last fall at the University of California at San Francisco's Benioff Children's Hospital.
Last year, the community rallied to help find a bone marrow match for Nathaniel.
The 10-year-old suffered from severe aplastic anemia, a bone marrow disease that prevented his body from producing blood.
Cyclosporine, the only medication to treat his disease, stopped working for him, and he suffered kidney failure.
At that point, his only option was to find a bone marrow match.
A few months later, a match was found and Nathaniel began to get ready for his transplant. Despite getting the transplant, he was unable to recover.
-- Sun-Star staff