Learning that a child is suffering from a life-threatening illness is surely the darkest day in any parent’s life. The feeling of helplessness. The desperation. It’s an emotional rollercoaster ride even without the added stress of trying to figure out how to pay for treatment.

Hundreds of parents find themselves in this situation every day. Just like Joey Bella’s parents did in 1986 when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia. Friends and family helped raise money for a bone marrow transplant for Joey. However, sadly, he passed away before the transplant was possible.

Because of their intimate understanding of what families of gravely ill children go through, the Bella family and friends decided to establish The Joey Bella Memorial Fund. Their goal was to provide financial assistance and emotional support to other families in the Denville and surrounding areas who find themselves trying to cope with caring for a seriously ill child.