Niagara Falls Baby diagnosed with rare cancer; family needs help

September 19, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

When I was sent an email asking to share the story of sweet little Deanna Peterson – my heart sank. This beautiful little baby has been diagnosed with a monster – called Neuroblastoma – a very rare form of childhood cancer.

We are in the middle of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month – and here is this little girl – just 15 months old – in the fight of her life.

Deanna was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma on September 11, 2019. The good news is a bone biopsy showed the cancer had not spread.

Currently, Deanna is receiving chemotherapy in order to shrink the tumor. Her family is absolutely devastated – but will do whatever it takes to help their girl, “Unfortunately, in Buffalo we lack the resources to properly treat this rare disease, which has lead us to our next step in the journey. We are looking to bring Deanna to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City where they specifically specialize in Neuroblastoma treatment. It is there that Deanna would be provided with the best care possible.”

Tiffany and Chris are doing whatever they can to help their little girl.  They have 4 other children – Ava-9, William-8, Brenda-5, and Evelyn just 3 weeks old.

The family needs help, though. Travel expenses, living expenses and medical expenses.

Please consider helping this family – every dollar makes a difference.  CLICK HERE TO GET TO THE FAMILY’S GOFUNDMEPAGE. 


Each year only 800 children are diagnosed with this form of cancer (.05% of childhood cases diagnosed in a year). Neuroblastoma is a disease in which cancer cells form in nerve tissue of the adrenal gland, neck, chest, or spinal cord. In Deanna’s case, a tumor was found in her lower back/spine.


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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