Rochester bake sale raises funds for amputee


Special to the Sunday Citizen


ROCHESTER — For the teachers at the William Allen School, giving back and being involved in the community is part of the lesson plan.

On Saturday, Nov. 20, students held a fundraiser at the Lilac Mall for Bella Tucker, a 9-year-old from Londonderry who underwent a quadruple amputation after she was stricken with a potentially fatal infection.

Circus for Bella in Derry This Weekend

The Big Top is coming to Derry! A show that will be filled with performers from Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers, Chicago’s Midnight Circus and Circus Smirkus, the Circus for Bella is surely a must-see. The circus will feature aerialists, jugglers, clowns, trapeze and wire artists, and so much more, but will only be in town for one day!

Rocking for Bella: Musicians unite for little girl who lost limbs

By Alexandra Pecci 

Correspondent NH Let's Go

Rod and Julie McCarthy were having dinner with their kids at a restaurant in Hudson, N.H., when someone asked them if they wanted to participate in a raffle to help a little girl named Bella Tucker.

“They plopped this thing down in front of me, and it showed me what had happened with Bella,” he said. “It just blew my mind. I just could not imagine some little girl going through such a traumatic thing.”

Youngster's illness inspired a community

One of the feel-good stories of the year played itself out last weekend up in Londonderry, N.H., where 8-year-old Bella Tucker was introduced to her new home.

Bella's dream of being a gymnast was derailed forever after she lost all four of her limbs to a catastrophic infection. But she returned to a community that is changed forever, as well, through an outpouring of donations of time, equipment, skill and money that provided Bella and her family with a home that will help them face the challenges ahead.

Bella became ill on Easter Sunday, April 4. With her temperature soaring, her stepfather, Peter Roarty, brought her to a nearby hospital. From there, she was airlifted to Children's Hospital Boston.


Donations can be made to THE BELLA TUCKER FUND via the Paypal link or by mail to: The Bella Tucker Fund 26 Lantern Lane Londonderry, NH 03053