April 17, 2012
Ryan Gilbert, 13, of Clay, poses with the 321 boxes of Crayola products he’s collected to donate to the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. Gilbert collected the crayons in memory of his cousin, Bianca Bresadola, who passed away at age 7 after a battle with osteosarcoma in December of 2008.
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Four and a half years ago, Ryan Gilbert witnessed something no child should have to see. Ryan watched his cousin Bianca Bresadola, 7, as she first became sick from osteosarcoma. He and his sister Lauren, as well as Bianca’s twin sister Mia, watched as Bianca fought valiantly against the disease, only to lose the battle on December 3, 2008. Ryan doesn’t like to talk about his cousin, to whom he was very close. But Ryan, now 13, is showing his feelings for her in another way. “People have been telling me that there is a doll fundraiser, but I wasn’t really into it,” Ryan said. “I heard that the money goes to the hospital for art supplies and stuff. It’s Crayola only, so I decided to give back and see what I can get. My goal was 100. The goal is 500 right now. And it’s really exciting. It’s just a fun thing to do. I know it goes for a good cause.”