Four-year-old Lily is fighting Leukemia – and she needs our help and our prayers!

April 14, 2021

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

She is just four years old but little Lily has already made more friends than most adults have!

The little sweetie pie is fighting B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Lily was diagnosed in February after feeling tired and sick for months. She has a very long and tough road ahead of her over the next few months and years.

Lily is a Rockstar and always has a smile on her face even going through all of her treatments. She loves her family and Josh Allen!




Lily was in the hospital from 2/23 until 3/25. She is home now and visits Roswell weekly for spinal taps and chemo. Gina Major, Lily’s Grandmother tells us the little sweetie is tough, “She got her last spinal for this month yesterday. She also has nurses that come to the house 3x a week, for chemo and blood work. She gets 2 shots a day which my daughter Dominique (Major), Lily’s mom, administers for blood clots as they found a small one near her med port. She is a trooper, and you would never know this child is fighting cancer. She has her moments and sleepy times, but most of the time she is a normal, happy, and hysterical 4-year-old. She is constantly singing, she just burst into song at any random moment. She hopes that she can start kindergarten with her peers in September, but time will tell.”

It’s been an especially challenging time for Lily and her family. She was hospitalized at Oishei Children’s Hospital for more than a month. Despite the fact that her extended family couldn’t visit her, Lily’s grandfather made huge signs from drywall so the little girl would know, just by looking out her window, that she is far from alone!



There is an upcoming benefit to help the family financially so they can focus on what is most important – Lily!

The benefit is Sunday June 6th at the Sloan firehall from 1-5pm. They are requesting basket donations, gift cards to local Buffalo businesses and food donations for the hot dogs and hamburgers that we plan to serve. The tickets are $20 and include a food plate, drink, and sheet of raffle tickets. Additional raffle tickets may also be purchased. There will also be a 50/50 and tickets will be sold for that at the event. Dave “DJ Jickster” from 97 Rock will be the MC.

If you would like to make any type of donation to the benefit, please email Gina Major at



Here is a link to a GoFundMe if you would like to make a donation. 



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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