Hamburg girl with Down syndrome battling cancer for the second time needs community’s support

According to family and friends, Zoe Ditto of Hamburg is feisty and fearless. The sweet and spunky girl has Down syndrome and she’s battling cancer for the second time in nine years.

“She has been an inspiration to everyone who comes in contact with her. She lights up the room with happiness when there is sadness and makes
her doctors and nurses laugh and smile on a daily basis,” said Beth Bova, mom.

Zoe went through a bone marrow transplant in August after she relapsed in January of this year with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She received her new cells from a 25-year-old male donor from Portugal.

“Zoe has basically been fighting since she was born,” said Bova. “She has touched many lives with her infectious smile and laughter and just her way of making everyone feel she has no fears and loves each day as it comes.”

Zoe’s family and friends are hosting a benefit for her from 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 at American Legion Post 880, 2912 Legion Drive, Eden. Tickets are $25 and $10 for anyone under 22. Any donation to the benefit is greatly appreciated or even a share of Zoe’s story. All proceeds will go towards Zoe’s treatment and recovery.

For information on how you can help, contact Lisa Pool at 771-6002.

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