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“Racing 4 Bella!” Support Bella’s Brigade!

On this Mother’s Day Sunday, I want to share a story that will hopefully make a difference for a 9-year-old girl and her family. Her name is Isabella Phelan and she was born on 3/23/12. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on 4/23/2016 and went into remission 2 years later.

Sadly it relapsed into her spinal fluid and bone marrow. Bella needed a transplant and her big sister Peyton (11 years old) was a 10/10 match…the transplant took place at Oishei Children’s Hospital. Unfortunately at the end of April of this year, lil Bella had to have her spleen removed. After that, she was diagnosed with veno-occlusive disease VOD from all her prior chemotherapy treatments.

This young lady and her family have gone through so much, that it has been brought to the attention of our track photographer Bill Burke, and the Tammy Cummings Stables at Buffalo Raceway. Tammy has been racing her horses in teal ribbons, for that color is Bella’s favorite, for the last couple of weeks in support of Bella’s Brigade (a Facebook page for Bella). Bill and his fellow photographer Sarah Lyle have made efforts to photograph the horses for Bella and Team Cummings horses. After seeing the resulting photos, Bill was inspired to create “Racing 4 Bella!”, a photo art composite piece that depicts a race between all four horses, each driven by Kyle Cummings.

Racing 4 Bella! digital
Racing 4 Bella Featured horses in the imagined race are Dealonimo 111 in front Southwind Onyx 71 in the middle Jude Hall 76 on the outside and SM Timmy 48 chasing

“Tammy and Alyssa Cummings asked me to take pictures of their horses, which is not unusual, but then they told me about Bella and the colors. Sarah happened to be there that night, and her daughter is best friends with Bella, so she was more than happy to help get some shots. They had asked Sarah and me to make a few edits to the photos and while I was looking at them I got the idea that it would be cool to put them together in a composite and make them look like they were racing each other. This led to the creation of “Racing 4 Bella!”. I thought, well, if nothing else at least they can use it to bring awareness to Bella’s Brigade, and maybe a few people will be interested in getting a print for a donation for the family. It’s definitely a unique view. I mean, how often do you see the same driver behind four horses in the same race?”

It would also be greatly appreciated if you would consider donating blood and platelets. While Bella’s needs are thankfully being met, there are many who are in vital need. Please get in touch with the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center at (716) 845-8275 to learn more about donating.

…God bless and I want to extend a very Happy Mother’s Day to Jaime Phelan (Bella’s Mom).

– Wayne Teaven, Buffalo Raceway Track Announcer

May 9, 2021

UPDATE

Sadly, Bella passed away on June 25, 2021. I continue to offer the print and a portiona of the proceeds to support her family.

Purchase a print

In order to maintain the original composition, “Racing 4 Bella” is printed with a black border as shown below and is available as an unmounted 12×18″ print ($60) or as a 16×24″ print ($110) mounted on 3mm white styrene . Unmounted prints are subject to sagging even when framed. Price is for the print only. Framing options are available upon request. Tax and shipping is additional.

Digital downloads are intended to be used to help raise awareness for Bella and are for social media use only – no printing. Please include a link to Bella’s Brigade and this web page (creeksideimagery.com/bellastrong) when posting the image on social media.

Purchase a print or digital download.

Finished print will be as shown with a black border to preserve original composition.