Help keep a little angel’s dream alive

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First Posted: 11/30/2014

The true meaning of Christmas can often be found in the most unlikely of places.

Angela Bartol spent more than four years of her life standing bed-side to her beautiful daughter Audrianna. In 2009, one month before her third birthday, brave little Audrianna was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She fought a tumor that engulfed 90 percent of her tiny stomach and spread to wrap around her lungs, liver, kidneys and bones.

Audrianna bravely battled this cancer at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville for most of her young life but never let it waiver her caring spirit. Despite her suffering, she was thoughtful, kind and wanted the best for everyone around her and remained a beacon of hope and positivity to anyone who was lucky enough to have her smiling face in their lives. Instead of focusing her energy on self pity or sorrow for what she was lacking, she instead dreamed about making Christmas bright for all of the sick children in the hospital and this began a project called “Audrianna’s Wish for Christmas”.

Audrianna Bartol lost her fight to cancer on February 15, 2013. It is the wish of her mother as well as family and friends, to keep Audrianna’s wish alive so that no hospitalized child will have to go without for Christmas and this year, they are asking for your help.

The 4th Annual Toy & Blanket Drive for Audrianna will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Cooper’s Cabana & Tiki Bar, 304 Kennedy Boulevard, Pittston. This is an all ages event with entertainment provided by the Jeanne Zano Band. Admission is $10 or $5 with an unwrapped toy or blanket. All admission money collected will be used to purchase toys for the children and their families at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and Cooper’s has volunteered to donate 10 percnet of all sales made during the event.

To help keep Audrianna’s dream alive donations can be sent to Audrianna Bartol, PO Box 2383, Hazleton, Pennsylvania 18201. More information can be found by contacting Angela Bartol at