Get to Know Bella, The Girl Who Started It All

You only have to spend a few minutes with Bella to realize she has a heart of gold. According to her mom, Jamie, she is caring, loving and always thinking of others.

“On Bella’s first day of kindergarten, one of her classmate couldn’t go outside because she didn’t have her EpiPen and was allergic to bees. Bella stayed back so the girl wouldn’t be alone. They played together in the classroom while everyone was outside,” Jamie said.

This is just one of many examples of Bella big heart. Despite her battle with cancer, Bella has remained a sweetheart who is always looking out for others. 

  • April 23, 2016 - Bella was diagnosed with cancer.
  • August 23, 2016 - She entered into remission.
  • April 2018 - Bella relapsed for the first time.
  • July 26, 2018 - Bella received a bone marrow transplant from her older sister, Peyton.
  • October 31, 2018 - Bella relapsed for the second time.
  • December 29, 2018 - Bella received her first CAR-T cell immunotherapy.
  • May 2019 - Bella received her second CAR-T cell immunotherapy.
  • July 26, 2019 - Bella rang the victory bell at Roswell Park.
  • August 16, 2019 - Bella relapsed for the third time.
  • October 31, 2019 - Bella received her second bone marrow transplant from an unrelated German donor.

And she’s doing well!

“She is the strongest person we have ever met,” Jamie said. “Always smiling despite the many ups and downs we have faced.”

Bella was the first Courage of Carly Fund kid to shave Marty Biron’s head live on air. In 2018, she passed the clippers onto Adriana and the girls shaved Marty and Dan Dunleavy’s heads. And on March 5th, the pair becomes a trio with the addition of Andre.

This year is also an exciting one for Bella’s whole family as Peyton is participating in Bald for Bucks. Why is she participating? Well, that’s an easy answer.

“She’s doing it for her little sister and for all the friends we have met along the way,” Jamie said. “Peyton is an amazing, big sister who continues to give without question. Just like when she donated her bone marrow, there was never a second thought in her mind to help save her little sister.”

Seeing not only Peyton, Marty and Dan go Bald for Bucks, but people and kids throughout Western New York means so much to Bella.

“The immense support and love from our community is immeasurable. Knowing that we have so many warriors fighting this battle in other ways to help is in our battle is incredible. There really aren’t enough words to express our gratitude and love that we have for them.”