11 Year Old Arianna Helps BTFC and Haiti

Arianna White was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2006.  She has had ups and downs since diagnosis, but has only allowed her brain tumor journey to make her stronger, more confident and giving.

In 2010 Arianna was moved by a missionary who spoke at her school about the conditions in Haiti and the need for water filters to provide clean water to Haitian residents.  Because of that speech, Arianna became determined to raise money to help provide filters for clean drinking water in Haiti AND for the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, an organization she loves dearly. 

By the spring of 2010, 10-year-old Arianna decided it was time for her to begin doing what she had been thinking about for some time – collecting items from her bedroom so she could sell them and make money for charity.  With the help of her close friend Kelsey, she sold her items during her brother’s baseball games and at a garage sale at her home. Arianna also decided to sell cold drinks in her neighborhood throughout the summer.

Arianna’s creativity and determination raised a total of $149.68.  She decided to split the proceeds and give $74.84 to her missionary friend (her little brother Addison donated $25.16 to make it an even $100, enough for 10 water filters) and $74.84 to the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. 

When one sees the news reports depicting the countless families living in earthquake-shattered Haiti and then hears the stories of those who have been on the “frontlines” working to support the victims, it is clear why one would feel compelled to give in order for families to have something as simple as clean water. 

Now 11, when you see Arianna’s beautiful smile, hear the song continually on her lips  and just feel the exuberance bursting from her little spirit, it is difficult to imagine that she is living with a massive brain tumor (post treatment).  Lisa, Arianna’s mom, says that “Arianna knows from personal experience how important research funds for pediatric brain tumors are for the survival of the more than 3,000 children diagnosed each year and how little money is given for this cause.  Research is as critical for life to these kids as clean drinking water is to the earthquake victims in Haiti. Arianna is living life fully, but praying for a cure as she works on plans for her next fundraising project.”

Sherry Samuels, BTFC’s Director of Patient & Family Services said, “I will never forget the excitement on Arianna’s face when I saw her in the clinic and she told me what she’d done to raise money for both BTFC and the water filters for Haiti. As I listened to her, I just kept thinking “What an amazing young lady.”  I am honored to know Arianna and to be able to encourage her as she continues to fight for herself and the thousands of children affected by pediatric brain tumor disease.”  Way to go, Arianna!


About The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children

Founded in 1983, BTFC was the first nonprofit in the U.S. to focus on brain cancer in children. Our mission is to support patients and their families.
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