CHATHAM — Recently turned 5-year-old Bella Bianchi-Tarbox, the daughter of Ghent residents Michael Tarbox and Kim Bianchi-Tarbox, is irrepressible as she runs up the hill to the playground and back down to the bouncy house and back up to the playground, not just keeping up with her friends but often leading the way. It almost makes you forget that this little girl lost 80 percent of her foot in a lawn mowing accident in April. In an effort to help Bella and her family, the community rallied during a benefit at the Chatham High School track Saturday, Aug. 21 to raise funds — and spirits — for this courageous little girl.
When the accident happened, Pam Elliott, a friend of Bella’s mother, reconnected with Kim and asked how she could help. Kim told her that whatever she could do would be much appreciated, so a Facebook page, Bella’s Cause, was launched and then this event, Walk for Bella, was arranged.
While the total amount of funds raised was unavailable as of press time, Kim did say that they will be able to pay off the custom brace that is holding off Bella’s next surgery and she’ll also be able to get back into physical therapy.
Elliott commended all the donors, individuals and organizations, who contributed to this benefit, either in services or auction items, including: Kevin Canuteson of Aviator Tent Rentals; Jeff and Shelly Radley of County Outhouses; Bekki Bianchi of Rebbekah’s Salon; Chatham Schools; Ginsberg’s; Sherry Clark Kleinbaum of Sorellas’ Deli; The Chatham Lions Club; Greenport Rescue; Chatham Hardware; Mike Bemiss of MJ’s Sports Bar & Grill; Hudson Power Boat Assoc.; Lafave, Latimer & Stroud, LLP; Patti Vargas of The Cross-Eyed Owl; Shannon Steltz of Shear Images; Pizza Den; Karen and Garry Kittle; Betsy Brailey; Brian Kellogg; Melissa Neageli; Fran Miller; Carl and Laurie Quinn of Tech4All; Susan and Andrew Jackson and family; Becca, Danny and Katilyn Doyle; Kelly Van Alstyne; Kristi, Callie and Curt Buchan; and the entire Henderson family.
Kim additionally gave special thanks to Elliott, the Northern Columbia County Rotary Club and the Freedom Fellowship Church for taking charge.
“These folks took our shrugs and I don’t knows — and created a terrific event which has and will help Bella,” she said. “I have never been so grateful to be a Chatham and Columbia County native as I was this past Saturday.”
Video footage of the event can be viewed on the website created for Bella at www.bellascause.org. You can also see more on the Facebook page.
You can also donate via the website or to the Bella Bianchi-Tarbox Special Needs Fund and mail to KeyBank (Greenport branch) at 160 Fairview Ave., Hudson, NY 12534.