By Samantha Eisenberg
Photography by Matt Teuten
When Charlotte Dolecki passed away, she had a provision in her trust for charity. The trustee—her great-nephew, Vincent Dello-Iacono—and her great-niece, Danielle Comella, immediately knew where they wanted to make a gift. Danielle’s daughter Taylor received treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic. Taylor is in remission today, and her family remains thankful for the compassionate care she received during treatment. Charlotte’s passing gave the family an opportunity to give back to the place that saved Taylor’s life.
The trust made a gift of $246,000 to establish two funds in honor of Taylor. The first, managed under the direction of Scott Armstrong, MD, PhD, chairman of the Department of Pediatric Oncology and the David G. Nathan, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, will help advance the development of new pediatric cancer therapies. The second, managed under the direction of Barbara Cuccovia, PhD, RN, BMTCN, director of nursing in Pediatric Oncology, will support the Dana-Farber Pediatric Activities Program.
“We’ve seen firsthand the incredible work Dana-Farber does for children and their families,” says Vincent. “We’re honored to be able to give back to an organization that has done so much for our family.”