Community Comes Together to Remember & Honor a Special Woman Lost to Breast Cancer

January 5, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

The Grand Island community is coming together to remember a beloved mother, wife, teacher, friend and member of the community. Julie Roth Neville battled breast cancer – and tragically passed away on October 16, 2018.

She was just 40-years-old.

Julie was passionate about many things: her students at Huth Road Elementary School, the kids she coached, her community, and of course, her husband of 12 years, James and their four boys – Jonathan, Jayden, Jameson and Jaxson.


When Julie died, the community mourned as a whole, they rallied around the family and tried to help them get through the unimaginable loss.

Now, they are coming together to celebrate the retirement of Julie’s basketball jersey, #24.

Friends and co-workers want to make this a very special night for Julie’s family – who’ve lost so much. The event, Hoopin’ For Julie will take place on Friday, February 1st at approximately 6:15pm. The dedication will be presented in between the JV and Varsity girls basketball games.

Organizers are asking everyone to wear pink or purchase their tribute t-shirt for $20. ALL proceeds will be given to the Neville Boys Education Fund. Visit – click Shop – click Charity to purchase the t-shirt or see a current girls basketball player or coach for an order form. Orders will need to be in by January 18th so you’ll have it in time for the special event.

More on Julie Neville:

Grand Island Community Mourns Beloved Teacher Who Passed Away After Long Battle With Cancer



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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