This community rallies around this sweet little girl after her bone marrow transplant. Can you help?

February 17, 2020

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

For 9-year-old Alicia – it’s been a very difficult few months. Alicia was diagnosed with a serious blood disorder when she was just three years old. She was getting a shot everyday to help, but things progressed, her system couldn’t fight anything off – her immune system was just too low. This past October Alicia had a week of strong Chemotherapy – followed by a bone marrow transplant. She’s been staying at the Ronald McDonald House of WNY since. Her home is in Irving, but she needs to be close to Roswell, so they will remain at the house until doctors give her the all-clear to go home.

It’s been a challenging time for the family. Alicia’s dad is home with her 7-year-old brother. The bills are mounting and the family is facing very difficult financial times.

We paid a visit to Alicia at Ronald McDonald House to drop off some surprises for her on Valentine’s Day! This little girl is absolutely adorable – smiling and happy even after everything she’s been through.

What a brave girl!!!!!!!!


Alicia’s mom, Sharon is incredibly grateful for the community support. The Lake Shore school district had a water collection drive for the family. Their home has well water – which Alicia can not drink due to her illness. They collected thousands of bottles of water for the family!

Now, we are hoping to get this family caught up on their mounting bills. Our hope is to help them actually get ahead so they don’t have to worry about anything except getting Alicia better!  100% of the money raised will go directly to help the family pay bills. HERE IS A LINK IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP. Every dollar will make a difference. We promise!

We know how supporting, caring and generous this community is!

Thank you!!!






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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