Bill Silverfarb/Daily Journal
Nurse Vanessa Curry is a constant companion to her daughter Bella Hung, who has a form of leukemia, as she awaits a bone marrow transplant.
“‘Tis the season to be with friends, spread the cheer and help someone dear,” reads a flier for a fundraiser taking place this weekend.
The fundraiser is for Bella Hung, 10, who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Her family didn’t even know about the fundraiser or the special gofundme account set up to assist them until just a few days ago.
“Our friends are going full-speed ahead,” mother Vanessa Curry said.
Bella was diagnosed with the quickly moving blood cancer when she was 8 and went through intensive chemotherapy treatments but the cancer returned in April.
Bella hasn’t attended Cabrillo Elementary School in Pacifica since May and just spent two months at Seattle Children’s Hospital for a trial treatment.
She now needs a bone marrow transplant but, because she is mixed race, finding a donor was difficult.
Through the National Bone Marrow Registry and the help of bethematch.org, a single donor has been found who lives in Beijing, China.
Bella will undergo the transplant after her immune system has been completely wiped away again.
She is careful about everything she touches to avoid getting sick.
The worst part of all she has to deal with is spending long days in clinics with doctors and nurses, she said.
She has made those visits a little more pleasurable, however, by sneaking her pet Chihuahua into the hospital.
Her dog Lily is now being certified as a service dog so the two can be together all the time.
Although she misses her friends from school, many come to her house and visit. She has a large network of friends and family who support her.
Her mother, a nurse at Kaiser, has taken a leave of absence to be by her daughter’s side.
The fundraiser this Sunday is being co-hosted by family friend Heather Heath and others who call themselves “Team Bella.”
“We are hoping that with your support, we can help Bella and her family,” reads the flier for the fundraiser.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the event for picture taking and to hear children’s wish lists for the holidays.
Bella, however, is not even sure if she will be able to attend the fundraiser. It depends on how she feels.
The “Support Bella Hung” gofundme group has raised $7,620 of its $10,000 goal as 114 people have donated to it in about two weeks.
To donate to the fund go to www.gofundme.com/f7cgvh9g. The fundraiser with Santa Claus is from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, 2421 Broadway, third floor, Redwood City. Visit www.bethematch.org to become a potential bone marrow donor.
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