Believe in Bella

For: Isabella Rose Ward
Organizer: Maria Starrs and Allie Johnson
Believe in Bella (Isabella Rose Ward)
$39,675
of $40,000 goal.
Raised by 446 donors
99% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Our precious niece Bella is the most amazing child you will ever meet. She has truly been the most special gift from God to our family since the day she was born. She brings so much joy and laughter to all of us. Even with her limited vision she is gifted in so many ways. She has developed a love for music, dancing, nature, books, shapes and colors. Bella has quite a vocabulary and a very curious mind. She also recently became a big sister to 5 week old Sophia who she adores.

Bella began her battle with bilaterial retinoblastoma in August 2012. She was diagnosed at C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital and later moved to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City to continue her treatment. In September 2012 Bella had her right eye removed followed by intra arterial chemotherapy on her left eye through October. As of October 2012 Bella was cancer free. Throughout 2013 Bella continued to travel to New York City for checkups and was given a clean bill of health each time. This past Sunday we learned that the retinoblastoma has returned in her brain and spine and she has lost all function in her legs. She began radiation treatment on Monday, January 13 and will have 15-18 treatments. She will begin chemotherapy following the radiation treatments.


The intent of this page is to keep everyone updated on Bella's progress and to help Andrea and Scott with financial assitance to cover their expenses while Scott is away from his job.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 3, 2015

Posted on March 3, 2015

Bella and her parents returned from the hospital late last night and she will be going into hospice care today.  Bella's cancer is growing at such a rapid pace in her brain and the chemotherapy is not working. We are still praying for a miracle to save our precious Bella. Please pray for strength for Bella, Scott, Andrea and Sophia and the rest of the Starrs/Ward families. 

Posted on March 2, 2015

Posted on March 2, 2015

The last round of Chemo hit Bella's platelets hard and she is still recovering. Unfortunately the stomach flu hit our house last week and Bella got it, she was admitted to the hospital yesterday for dehydration.  After running some tests overnight they have decided to move up her MRI to tomorrow to check for fluid on the brain.  Please continue to pray for sweet Bella.  Thank you to everyone for your continued support.  

Posted on January 23, 2015

Posted on January 23, 2015

After waiting a couple weeks for Bella's doctors to consult with their teams and review everything from her last scans they have decided to try a different oral chemotherapy drug for two rounds.  They will then scan her again in March. We appreciate everyone's continued prayers and support.  We Believe in 
Bella!!!

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