Pediatric Cancer Awareness – A Story of Grief and Unimaginable Pain

September 2, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

As we continue to shine gold for pediatric cancer awareness month – we continue to share stories of amazing children who have or continue to battle cancer. Today, we are spotlighting a beautiful little girl named Hannah.


Hannah Grace Boyer would have turned 6 on September 6th. But, she didn’t have that chance – instead, cancer took her. Cancer robbed Hannah of her life. It’s hard to process and impossible to imagine.

Hannah died on August 31, 2018 – just days before her fifth birthday. She was a warrior, fighting the disease for nearly three years.  Hannah’s mother, Chandra Boyer wrote this after her daughter passed away one year ago yesterday, “Hannah fought cancer with bravery, determination and joy for 2 years, 7 months and 23 days. She spent more than half her life showing me how I want to live the rest of mine. It is now the early morning of September 1st, The first day of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. I’m starting this new month without Hannah because there is so little funding and research for Pediatric Cancers. If your reading this and Hannah’s life touched you in some way please consider donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Hannah’s honor.”


Here is a link if you would like to make a donation to St. Jude’s in Hannah Boyer’s name. 

We send many prayers for peace, our warmest thoughts and heartfelt condolences to all of those who love Hannah.

For Chandra – and every parent I have ever met or spoken with who have lost a child – keeping their child’s memory alive becomes the most important thing. They do not want their child to be forgotten. That is why we will continue to share stories of the beautiful, brave children we have lost – to remember they were here. To remember the joy they brought to all of the people they loved so much. We hope you will remember them with fondness.

But – as we think about this adorable little girl, it is incredibly important to spread the word – for Hannah and all of the other children battling cancer and those we’ve lost to the disease – that 4% is unacceptable. 4% of funding raised goes to research pediatric cancer. Those children deserve so much more. Contact your lawmakers and demand change.

Also, please register to be a bone marrow donor through Be The Match.  You can save a life.




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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