Beloved Wife, Mother & Teacher is Diagnosed With Cancer – and the Community Is Rallying.

February 15, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

It’s a heartbreaking story. A beloved mom, wife and teacher – has been diagnosed with cancer. The community – as they always do – is rallying behind this beautiful family. You can help, too.

A gofundme has been set up for Erica Jennings and her family. Here is more information from the fundraising page:

“Thom and Erica Jennings share a life that many strive for—they met in high school, fell in love, exchanged vows in 2015 and welcomed their baby girl, Elle, into the world three years later. Together, they’ve built a life and reputation as fun-loving, involved members of the Buffalo, NY community. Thom, a self-proclaimed “proud Buffalonian and family man,” and Erica, a French and Spanish teacher who enriches the lives of students at the City Honors School, had the picture-perfect life. It was obvious to those around them how happy and fulfilled this young family was, then Erica began suffering from migraines.

In December, they went to the hospital for her migraines and she was rushed into emergency surgery within an hour. Doctors began using unfamiliar terms like glioblastoma, and to Thom’s desperate horror, he learned that his beloved wife has a fast-spreading brain tumor that attacks the cerebral hemisphere. Glioblastomas are extremely dangerous and rare, so rare that there are no case studies on someone her age with this disease.

Erica, as a young wife and mother, is now faced with a grueling battle against an aggressive form of cancer. We are asking for donations of any amount to help this family cover the cost of meals, childcare, procedures not covered by insurance, loss of income and eventual loss of benefits and any additional support they need. We thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for supporting this special family through a tragic time.”

Here is a link to the gofundme – CLICK HERE. 


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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