Liverpool: CHE, LHS team up to raise money for Bresadola family

"We had done a basketball game for the kids and teachers last year," Bellomo said. "Mike got the idea to do it again, but to make it a charity event for Bianca and her family."

"I talked to [Principal] Martha [O'Leary] and got permission to do it, then I started making calls," Zachery said. "Lazarus Sims is an excellent friend of mine, so I gave him a call to see if there was anything he's be willing to do to help us out."

Sims agreed to get a ball signed by the entire team and also offered to have it delivered by two of the players the night of the game.

In addition, the school sold "Baskets for Bianca" T-shirts in the week leading up to the game; more than 200 shirts were sold before the event, and students wore them or school colors of orange and blue the day of the game.

Zachery said the district was very helpful in organizing the tournament, even moving a volleyball game that was supposed to take place at the high school that night.

In total, the event raised $? for the Bresadola family, which will help pay for her treatment.

And the district will continue to raise money for Bianca and her family. On Nov. 5, the high school basketball team will play representatives from 93Q; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Bresadolas.

Bianca is still in store for more treatment. According to her aunt, Terri Gilbert, who has acted as the family's spokesperson, she'll be traveling to Texas Nov. 2 for a new round.

"The new chemo here wasn't working," Gilbert said, "so they will be trying a different drug and need to go to MD Anderson Hospital in Texas. Any money raised [at Baskets for Bianca] will help offset that new treatment."

Stephanie Bresadola said Bianca was happy to be feeling well enough to attend the game.

"It's so amazing," she said. "It's done her a lot of good to see how many people care about her."

Zachery said that's why CHE held the event.

"Everybody who's met these little girls loves them," he said. "They're so sweet and so full of life. They're like little grown-ups. We wanted to do everything we could to help them and their family."

Bellomo agreed.

"They just bring out the best in you," she said. "They're just angelic."

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