UTICA — The Utica University women’s soccer team raised $6,000 to send their Team IMPACT teammate Arianna LaBella and her family to Disney World.
The 12-year old girl, who hails from Ilion, was connected with the Pioneers via Team IMPACT. Team IMPACT is a non-profit organization that improves the quality of life for children living with life-threatening illnesses. LaBella has been a member of the Utica women’s soccer team since March 2020, but was introduced as a team member at a press conference this fall.
She was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma bone cancer in July 2019. She was declared cancer-free after almost a year of radiation and chemotherapy. She relapsed on February 4, 2021 and the cancer spread further.
“They are now in the stage of prolonging her life, making memories, and praying for a miracle,”The university acknowledged.
In just one week, Pioneers raised $6,000 selling bracelets and collecting donations. This will cover the entire cost to send LaBella and her family to Disney World. Monday night was a pizza party that the team hosted for a teammate. The team presented a check of $6,000 to LaBella and her family.
For more information or to donate to the cause, contact head women’s soccer coach Brooke Barbuto at [email protected]