Circus for Bella to help family

 By Suzanne Laurent This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LONDONDERRY — The town's generosity continues for Bella Tucker, who will be returning to her Lantern Road home on Nov. 7.

The latest fundraiser planned is a live circus with two shows on Saturday, Nov. 20, at Pinkerton Academy's Stockbridge Theatre.

Circus for Bella will feature a dozen performers from Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers, the Midnight Circus, Circus Smirkus and more.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to see some really amazing circus acts," said Ola Lessard, the event organizer. "It's going to be a great event, for a great cause — and a ton of fun. We kept the ticket prices low to ensure that entire families could come see a fantastic event, and show their support for this amazing young lady and her family."

Bella is a 9-year-old fourth-grader at South Londonderry Elementary School. On Easter Sunday, she came down with a life-threatening infection that resulted in amputation of her four limbs. She was hospitalized at Boston Children's Hospital and then Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, also in Boston.

Bella recently returned to school part-time, but still has a long journey ahead on her road to recovery. She will soon be going to Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia for an evaluation for long-term care planning.

Lessard began planning the Circus for Bella two months ago and enlisted the help of others in the community to brainstorm ideas around the event. Lisa Griffin, a Londonderry artist, designed the poster advertising the event.

Before and after the shows, people also invited to participate in what organizers call the Mystery Prize Extravaganza. For a donation of $20, people will choose a wrapped gift.

"Every gift is worth at least what you've paid," Lessard said, "and many are worth much, much more. The fun part is that you don't know which is which, because all of the boxes are unmarked. You might get an item worth $30 or one worth $1,000." 

There will be a Kids' Prize Extravaganza for $2. 

To date, some of the donated items include signed copies of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books, a $1,000 gift certificate to Reeds Ferry Sheds, and items from Jackie Chan, George Lucas/Lucasfilm, Universal Studios and Paramount Studios. The goal is to have 100 mystery gifts.

Bella's family has been living in a hotel until their home is renovated to accommodate Bella. A team from Cube 3 Architects, Allen & Major Engineers, Suffolk/Berry Construction, Blackdog Builders, Home Depot, Otis Elevator and the Granite Group have donated time, work and materials to the project. A block party is planned to welcome Bella home on Nov. 7 in the style of the popular TV show "Extreme Home Makeover."


Donations can be made to THE BELLA TUCKER FUND via the Paypal link or by mail to: The Bella Tucker Fund 26 Lantern Lane Londonderry, NH 03053