Help the Ferrara Family

On December 20, 2017, Vinny Ferrara  was admitted into the hospital for what they thought was a stroke. After an MRI, it was revealed that he has a mass on his brain and he had emergency surgery. Vinny was able to return home for Christmas, only to learn on January 5th that Vinny has Glioblastoma, Stage 4. Glioblastoma, sometimes referred to as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is considered a grade IV tumor. They are the most aggressive and are very infiltrative -- they spread into other parts of the brain quickly. On January 29, Vinny will begin an aggressive 6 week treatment of chemotherapy and radiation.Vinny and Cheryl have dedicated their adult lives to helping others.  Vinny, as a police officer with the East Haven Police Department, and Cheryl, as the best school bus driver to ever care for children who were not hers.  

Help us help Cheryl, who has taken care of hundreds of school children over the years, take care of Vinny as he fights this battle, armed with the knowledge that there is a community behind them, supporting them, every step of the way. It is Cheryl's intention to keep driving and working, but as we all know, things don't always go as planned.

Some of you may know the Ferrara's very well and others only casually. But if your paths crossed theirs, they would no doubt have earned your respect and appreciation. 

For the wonderful people that they are, it is now our turn to come together to support this family. We sincerely appeal to everyone to come forward and donate generously to help ease the burden of unexpected expenses forthcoming. Please support this family during these emotionally trying times and spread the message amongst your family and friends. Every small contribution counts and it would help raise the spirits of the family knowing that so many people care about them.  As "Miss Cheryl" said herself, "If there's any silver lining in any of this, it's that I can really see that what I've done for others, truly mattered to them."
(Addison and Allison with their "Pappa")


  • Ken & Kathy Skomro
    • $50 
    • 6 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Sondra Suydam Baseggio
Guilford, CT
Cheryl Ferrara

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