DENVER – When Lisa Donnellan first heard that her daughter, Ava, had hit it off with another girl, Brynn Florczyk, in her kindergarten class at Lincoln Charter School, she wanted to set up a play date for the two girls.
She later learned that Brynn had previously been diagnosed with leukemia. Donnellan sells LuLaRoe clothing, and when her sales team wanted to do a fundraiser, she had the idea of doing one for Brynn and her family.
“I just feel like she was nice to my Ava, and now I want to help her even more because clearly Ava doesn’t understand what she’s going through,” Donnellan said. “She just knows she’s (Brynn) nice to her and a good person.”
The LuLaRoe sale will be on Sunday, Dec. 11 and will include multiple LuLaRoe consultants selling items such as leggings, dresses, skirts and shirts.
During the sale, each consultant will keep a tally of how many items they sell. LuLaRoe has a set amount it will donate for the different kinds of items sold, and consultants can also pick a set amount to donate per item.
Donnellan said she is excited for the event and the chance to reach out to Brynn and her family.
“This is a great way to help a little girl in your community that’s so brave and to show her that she’s on all of our minds,” she said. “It’s just a great way to support her and show her that we’re thinking about her, and we want to be able to give her something.”
Sarah Florczyk, Brynn’s mom, said this effort is encouraging to see.
“The support is really helpful for us just because it’s just such a shocking thing and something that you feel like will never happen to you,” she said. “So having community support behind you, it keeps your spirits lifted, especially for such a long haul.”
Brynn was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia during the summer of 2015 when she was 4 and has been in treatment ever since. She still has about 10 months left of treatment, which includes chemotherapy and monthly visits to Levine Children’s Hospital for checkups and medication adjustments, her mom said.
Florczyk said the first few months of treatment were difficult, but after about eight months, Brynn started opening up more to her family. Florczyk said they’ve seen Brynn mature through the process. Even in the early stages when she didn’t want go to her appointments, Florczyk said once the appointment was over, Brynn would stay focused on the positive.
“It didn’t drag her down with other things that she had going on,” she said. “It was just getting through those appointments was the hardest part, and once that appointment was done, she was moving on to the next thing.”
Florczyk said she hopes the fundraiser will also promote awareness of pediatric cancer, as she has found in her research that it affects more families than people think.
“We just didn’t realize how common it actually kind of seems,” she said. “... It just seems like it’s touched so many families, and people that aren’t personally affected by it, it’s easy to feel like it doesn’t happen, but it’s out there.”
Want to go?
The LuLaRoe fundraiser for Brynn Florczyk will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Westport Swim and Tennis Club, 2525 Shanklin Lane South.