The Incredible Bella Tucker
I found out from Tenzing’s sister about an amazing 8 year old girl Bella Tucker. Ola said it best, “We don’t know the family, but she’s basically the age of my own daughters, so it really strikes a chord for me. You just never know when your life can really change, and you only hope that if you need people to help you, they’ll be there.”
Tenzing and I are taking his 3 kids to visit Ola in New Hampshire next week! I’ll be celebrating my 40th birthday! One of the things we will be working on is a website to assist Ola’s fundraiser for Bella Tucker…..a Circus!
This is a really important cause. I don’t usually ask people to donate money but this family has other children and are buried under the expense to care for Bella.
Here’s her story:
July 15th, 2010 Update
At the time of our last entry, Bella had just been re-admitted to Children’s Hospital with a bad case of pneumonia. She is still recovering from this bout, but thanks to her strong will combined with the love and support of her family and friends, she has finally been discharged from the ICU and is currently recuperating in the hospital’s CCS (Coordinated Care Services). She has a new team on the CCS floor with whom she is quickly making friends. At the same time, she still enjoys visits from all of her ICU nurses and her surgical team – Nancy, Janet, David and Carla – also known as “The Blue Team”. Read More
Bella Tucker is an 9-year-old girl who attends South School Elementary in Londonderry, New Hampshire and is a member of the Phantom Gymnastics team. Bella came down with a near fatal infection on Easter Sunday. Doctors gave little hope for this third graders’ survival, but after five days in a coma she miraculously survived Streptococcus Pneumonia Sepsis with DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation).
Unfortunately, her survival from this infection was not without significant cost. The infection caused extensive tissue damage, and on April 27, 2010, Bella underwent quadruple amputation surgery and is currently facing an extremely long and hard recovery at Children’s Hospital in Boston with extensive rehabilitation to follow, as she learns to live life without her limbs.
Fortunately, Bella has the love and support of her three older brothers and younger sister during these trying times. The family is suddenly faced with significant challenges, many of which can be eased with financial help. For example, their home in Londonderry, New Hampshire will need extensive modifications to accommodate a wheelchair. Bella’s mother, who is also her primary insurance holder, must be by her side during the extensive rehabilitation process and therefore she will be unable to work, causing the family to lose significant income. Since her mother will be with her during this process, the family needs funds for daycare of their other children. Lastly, she will be faced with medical challenges for the rest of her life.
The Tucker/Roarty Family is grateful to South School Elementary, the Phantom Gymnastics Team, the entire community of Bella’s hometown of Londonderry, NH, and their extended network of friends, family and strangers who have been doing everything they can to help raise financial support for Bella and her family.
Bella who just celebrated her 9th Birthday with one of her gifts being a Proclamation from His Honor, Governor Lynch of New Hampshire, declaring August 12th as “BELLA TUCKER DAY”.
Donations can be made to The Bella Tucker Fund via the PayPal link or by mail to:
The Bella Tucker Fund
P.O. Box 199