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Book details
  • SubGenre:Social Themes / Friendship
  • Age Range (years):9 - 12
  • Language:English
  • Pages:36
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667808260

Bella's Brigade for Hope

by Isabella Iannuzzi

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Bella's Brigade for Hope is a beautiful, heartwarming story about a friendship between two young girls. When Deanna suddenly becomes ill, their plans for the upcoming ballet recital are put on hold as together they face the scariest time of their lives. Their love for each other and their courage to overcome their fears grows into a mission that will help to bring hope and joy to other children battling sicknesses.
Bella's Brigade for Hope is a beautiful and heartwarming story about friendship, a shared love of ballet, and the miracle of organ transplantation. Bella and Deanna's story will touch your heart and encourage children to make a difference in our world. Bella and Deanna are best friends. They do everything together and they both love ballet more than anything! Both girls are so excited and are practicing hard for their upcoming ballet recital. When Deanna unexpectedly becomes very sick and is admitted into the hospital, they learn that she will need a liver transplant to save her life. Bella is devastated and spends as much time as she can with Deanna. Bella wants to help Deanna remain hopeful as the time keeps passing as she anxiously waits for a donor. Every day the nurses must administer lab tests to monitor Deanna's condition so that she is ready for her transplant. Every day they pray that Deanna will receive her new liver. Bella decides to design a band-aid that will help brighten up Deanna's days. This is the beginning of "Bella's Brigade for Hope" as Deanna becomes more positive and hopeful that she will receive her life saving transplant. Although it is a scary experience, Deanna's operation is a success. As time goes on, Deanna's health improves, and she can be in the audience for the spring ballet recital. Bella and the entire ballet class honor Deanna's bravery and dedicate their performance to her.
About the author
Isabella Iannuzzi is a 16-year-old pre-professional ballet dancer, actor, and a dedicated ambassador for Donate Life. Born in Florida, Bella plans on dancing with a professional ballet company. A personal experience at seven years old with organ donation inspired her to establish her own nonprofit Dancers Donate Life. Her mission is to educate and to raise awareness for organ donation. Out of Isabella's desire to make a difference for children battling sicknesses in hospitals, Bella's Band-Aid Brigade was created. This mission has already collected over 150,000 colorful character band-aids and we are just getting started. She is donating 100% of profits from this book to Donate Life America. Isabella is a four-time recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award, and her philanthropy will always be a guiding principle in her life.