Three Young Ladies Support Dana Farber

by Rick Winterson

Last Friday, three South Boston women visited the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, an integral part of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. These three ladies from South Boston met with Dana Farber’s Hannah Rosenberg and Allison Karzenski from the Development Office of Annual Giving, in order to present a check for funds they had raised here in South Boston, selling hand-crafted rings, chokers, and bracelets they had made by themselves.

These South Boston women are actually young girls, whose names are Natalie LaTerza, Callie Barrett, and Sophie Angotto. They are third graders at the Oliver Hazard Perry K-8 School. They came up with their idea of doing this fundraising project while they were second graders, so this has occupied their spare time for more than a year. They chose Dana Farber to receive the money they had raised, after deciding that cancer research and care was certainly a worthy cause.

The girls’ mothers, Kim LaTerza, Ryan Barrett, and Katelyn Angotto, brought them to the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care (450 Brookline Avenue) at 11 a.m. last Friday morning, October 26. They had obtained a giant, queen-sized check for the amount the girls had raised – $1,345.05. This was formally presented at that time to the two representatives from the Dana Farber Development Office for Annual Giving.

The exact location of this presentation was quite fitting. It took place in front of a wall in the strikingly designed lobby of Dana Farber’s Yawkey Center – a wall which lists past donors to this vital Boston health facility. The young ladies received beautiful Certificates of Appreciation from the Dana Farber Development Office. It was a memorable ceremony that concluded with a tour of the hospital.

Afterward, South Boston Online met with the three service-minded young ladies, who were being treated to lunch at the Paramount here in South Boston. Natalie and Callie each had cheeseburgers; Sophie chose scrambled eggs and bacon. All three girls are sharp young ladies, who are already thinking about their futures. Natalie plans on Marine Biology and reading is her favorite subject. Callie wants to be a singer; she likes history and computer engineering. Sophie is aiming for a career as an actress; she’s into computer engineering, too.

And you know what? The three of them plan to continue raising money with their craftwork. It’s possible they’ll make a donation to Colin’s Joy Fund, a cause in memory of Colin McGrath that is being overseen by the Boston Foundation. Natalie, Callie, and Sophie are really beautiful young people. All three of them wanted to thank their parents for helping them with their fundraising.