Cali Semprevivo replenishment blood drive set for Sunday

The Semprevivo Family @ Stella’s Restaurant in Parnassus, June 11, 2017

New Kensington, Pa. – Stella’s Restaurant in Parnassus recently held a cancer benefit for Cali Semprevivo, a Valley High School Student faced with upcoming surgeries after a diagnosis of embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma.

Jamie Mazzotta, one of three owners at Stella’s said her best friend is a teacher at Valley High School who told her of Cali’s recent medical news and wanted to do something to help out with the families expenses. Cali, the oldest of six children is an artist, musician, writer and an all around creative mind. (Top Left in Photo)

(ERMS) Embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare histological form of cancer of connective tissue wherein the mesenchymally-derived malignant cells resemble the primitive developing skeletal muscle of the embryo. It is the most common soft tissue sarcoma occurring in children.

Mazzotta said the benefit was in the planning for the past 3 months as donations were solicited for this past Sundays spaghetti dinner, Chinese auction and dunk tank contest. In the planning process, Mazzotta said the benefit for Cali was published in church bulletins and local businesses were contacted for food donations to help raise money for the family with outside expenses, food and parking as Cali’s medical journey continues towards success.

© Image Copyright | Photojournalist |Paul R. Lowes | AKVNEWS.COM

Stella’s Restaurant served up over 400 dinners to family, friends and strangers all wanting to help support Cali and her family. The Chinese aution included a 50″ TV, Steelers tickets, purses and numerous other items. New Kensington’s #2 fire department hosted a dunk tank with Arnolds Law Enforcement Officer John Carilli, donating his time to “dunk the officer” helping to raise money for the Semprevivo family.

Law Enforcement Officer John Carilli works the dunk tank at New Kensington # 2 Firehall.

Mazzotta wishes to thank all those businesses, the fire department and everyone else who helped to make this cancer benefit a success for Cali and the Semprevivo family.

When: Sunday June 18th
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: First Floor – Hall – East Kensington Community Center
1758 7th Street, New Kensington
To Schedule: Call 1-866-366-6771