Good Neighbors step up to help 9-year-old continue her mission!

February 28, 2017

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Get your running shoes out – we’ve got an amazing update on a story we told you about!

There are many reasons to love Buffalo and WNY. No doubt the people top the list.

People like Kim Kalman and Rhonda Diehl. The Grand Island ladies are pretty remarkable. They were called to action after they read our story about sweet 9-year-old Ella Wintringer and her amazing mission. (READ STORY)  Ella has been collecting medals to give to some of the sick children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Unfortunately, Ella’s all too familiar with the hospital – spending plenty of time there for her rare motility disorder.

I shared the story on Facebook and tagged a few runners that I know. I figured they might have some medals around they could pass along to Ella. They were so touched by Ella, they felt the need to do more. Kim Kalman says she was amazed by the young Orchard Park girl’s compassion,  “It’s inspiring to see a young girl like that push through the emotional and physical pain and want to give back – to comfort other kids going through what she is going through – it takes someone special to do that.”

So, Kim got her running friends involved, including Rhonda Diehl who tells me sometimes you’re just called to act,”Your story really touched me. I am a breast cancer survivor and have some grasp of how frightening medical unknowns can be, treatments, tests etc. and I can not imagine how hard it is for parents to walk through with their children. Ella’s compassion for others grabbed my heart, what a special little girl.”

So Rhonda got the idea to have a special run in Ella’s honor. A run that would collect medals, and money. A run that would show Ella how much she’s cared for. A run that would be about giving back, “I instantly wanted to support and try to encourage her. I thought a medal that she could give to a child and say, someone earned this especially for you – would be amazing thus the Brave run.”

The Brave Run. Perfect name, right?

There are two walk/runs taking place. One is in the morning (FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE) and one is in the evening (FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE). They’re both 5K on Grand Island, and the cost to enter is $10. That will pay for the medal and a small monetary donation to help fill Ella’s care packages.

If you can’t make the run, no worries – it’s a virtual run. Do it anywhere. Be sure to post a picture to the event page! What an amazing idea. Way to go, ladies!!

Please spread the word to any runners you might know!

Thank you to Kim and Rhonda for reminding us that everyone can make a difference.






About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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