In Memory of Cailin Capri Cannella

In Memory of Cailin Capri Cannella

On September 18, 2017 Cailin Capri Cannella died from osteosarcoma. She was 14 years old.

Her family requested that in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations be made to Because of Daniel in Cailin’s name for osteosarcoma research.
Cailin’s family and friends have generously donated over $3,000 in her name to osteosarcoma research. Thank you so very much for this generosity. This money will go directly towards a ground-breaking clinical trial for relapsed/refractory osteosarcoma which will combine traditional chemotherapy with a targeted therapy based upon the tumor genetics.

As one bereaved osteosarcoma mother to another, I can say only this to Cailin’s mother Lisa Cannella:

Thank you for your generosity in what I know to be the most difficult time a mother can go through. We talked many times over the months of Cailin’s illness. You loved her well, so well, and you did everything a mother could. I know that there are no words of consolation, and nothing will bring back your beautiful girl. I am so, so sorry. Please know that you are not alone, and that together we will change the course of this beastly disease. Together we can and must a difference, so that one day, kids like your Cailin and my Daniel will be alive and well, and so that no other family’s heart is broken by this horrible, dreadful and beastly disease. So many hugs and God bless.

Theresa Beech
President of Because of Daniel, Inc.

Please take a moment to read about Cailin in the words of her mother:

“A talented swimmer, Cailin swam for the Academy Aquatic Club and on the varsity team at the Academy of the Holy Names. Her accomplishments include being one of the top swimmers in the state of Florida as well as a medalist at the Florida Age Group Championships which earned her a spot on the Zone All-Stars Florida team.

Cailin loved the color pink. She loved to dance and shop for clothes. She loved to write her mom inspirational messages before she went off to work in the morning. She loved making her dad sing Barney songs to her and making sure her little sister was keeping in line.

Her radiant smile and warm heart reminds us to live our lives as if each day is a blessing. She will be missed every day but she will live in our hearts forever.”