Published in the July 19, 2016 edition.

WAKEFIELD — For the third year, Briella “Bella” Eisnor has been selected as a Jimmy Fund Walk Hero, this year representing Long’s Jewelers.

Last year there were over 9,000 walkers, and more than $9 million raised. Bella’s health, according the Jimmy Fund, was in good hands.

In a release about the Jimmy Fund Walk, organizers write that, “Bella, 6, lives with her beloved grandparents, Jan and George, in Wakefield. Three years ago, Jan noticed her granddaughter walking with an unexplained limp. Doctors referred Jan to Dana-Farber, where little Bella received a shocking diagnosis: acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“The news sent Jan reeling. Bella’s treatment would take
24 months. Would that mean
losing two formative years of her childhood?

“Thankfully, Stephen E. Sallan, MD, and his team were eager to set Jan’s mind at ease. He answered her questions and explained how Bella’s chemotherapy would proceed.

“From there, your support of the Jimmy Fund meant Bella would receive treatment in a friendly, comfortable environment. Jan says Bella even looked forward to visiting with her favorite staff members at the Jimmy Fund Clinic.

“Now, Bella’s starting first grade and enjoying the prospect of a long, healthy life ahead of her,” the statement continues.

“Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has earned a reputation for excellence in cancer research and treatment. With the support of Jimmy’s Team members like you, this past year we have been able to:

• Deliver unsurpassed quality of care through more than 380,000 patient visits.

• Conduct more than 1,000 clinical trials to test new treatments for cancer.

• Achieve recognition from U.S. News & World Report as the top ranked cancer center in New England for 15 consecutive years and become the only cancer center in the country ranked in the top 4 for both adult and pediatric cancer programs.