Sun Shine: ‘Why Me’ family gives back

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After they lost their young daughter to cancer 15 years ago, the Capaldi family of Auburn showed their appreciation for Why Me with a fundraising event.

They’ve kept it going every year.

The 13th annual Bella’s Ball, named after 15-month-old Isabella Rose Capaldi, will be held Feb. 13 at The Manor restaurant in West Boylston.

The Capaldis are among many who have benefited from the caring and comforts of home offered by Why Me in Worcester and its Sherry’s House, a temporary residence for families affected by childhood cancer. Bella’s Ball is just one example of the nonprofit’s impact.

Isabella Rose died 15 years ago, but she's been helping other children with cancer in the Worcester area for the past 13 years.

Courtesy Why Me

Isabella Rose died 15 years ago, but she’s been helping other children with cancer in the Worcester area for the past 13 years.

“Why Me provides emotional and financial support to families with children with cancer. It means a great deal to us,” Isabella’s father, Ralph Capaldi, said. “For us, every step of the way, they knew what to say, when to say it, and why to say it.”


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