South School Rallies to Raise Money for Bella Tucker

Students and staff members at South School continue to keep third grader Bella Tucker in their hearts and prayers this week, with several fundraisers planned to assist the 8-year-old, who was stricken with a rare form of pneumonia on Easter Sunday and is currently recovering from quadruple amputation surgery at Boston Children's Hospital.


Bella, a South School student member of the Phantom Gymnastics team, came down with a near fatal infection that caused her to spend five days in a coma at Boston Children's Hospital after being diagnosed with Streptococcus Pneumonia.


Left with extensive tissue damage, the youngster underwent quadruple amputation surgery on April 27, and faces a long road of recovery and rehabilitation as she adjusts to life without her limbs.


As Bella recovers, her family is struggling to meet her needs, including the need for home modifications to accommodate Bella's wheelchair.


In addition, both of Bella's parents have been out of work during their daughter's illness, and have had to find daycare for their four other children during Bella's hospital stay.


Fortunately for Bella, countless people in the community and well beyond have offered her help.


This week, South School will host its annual Spring Carnival, and according to Principal Linda Boyd, a special raffle for Bella is in the works. The carnival, which will be held at the school this Thursday, May 27, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., will feature a special "Step Up To The Plate for Bella" raffle, with the grand prize of an official New Hampshire Fisher Cats autographed baseball bat, a bobble head doll and four tickets to the team's Aug. 20 game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Raffle tickets are being sold for $1 each or seven tickets for $5.


And on Friday, June 4, students and staff are hosting a benefit Walk-A-Thon.


Students throughout the school will be walking one mile together during this event, which will coincide with Walk New Hampshire week. All students are being asked to donate at least $1 to participate in the walk, with all proceeds to benefit the Bella Tucker Fund. The walk is set to begin at 9:30 a.m.


For more information, call South School at 432-6956, or visit


April Guilmet
Londonderry Times 

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