Last Wednesday, Liverpool High School hosted some very special guests.
It wasn't Syracuse University men's basketball stars Eric Devendorf and Arinze Onuaku, though they stopped by, nor was it their assistant coach, Lazarus Sims.
No, the guests of honor were Bianca Bresadola and her family, including mom Stephanie, dad Marc and twin sister Mia.
Bianca, 7, is a second-grader at Chestnut Hill Elementary who is battling osteosarcoma. Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer, and the sixth most common type of cancer in children. Although other types of cancer can even-tually spread to parts of the skeleton, osteosarcoma is one of the few that actually begin in bones and sometimes spread elsewhere, usually to the lungs or other bones. Bianca has undergone treatment for the disease since this summer and faces more in order to defeat the cancer.
In order to help her family to fund her care, CHE organized Baskets for Bianca, a charity basketball game between CHE and LHS staff held Wednesday Oct. 22. Tickets were available for $2 at the door, and the event also included a 50/50 raffle, $1 raffle and T-shirts for sale, as well as donation boxes where additional money was collected. CHE also raffled off a basketball signed by the entire SU men's team, which was delivered to the Bresadolas by Devendorf, Onuaku and Sims, as well as another autographed ball and poster donated by CHE art teacher Susan Fix.
Despite the star power on LHS' team -- former pro player Jon Ferris, a 2000 LHS grad and current teacher at the school, played on their team -- CHE won the battle, 62-60.
The event was organized by CHE's physical education teacher Michael Zachery and pre-K teacher Meg Bellomo, both of whom had the Bresadola twins as students and wanted to do something to assist the family.