Lynn Willow Gulli is a quintessential 7-year old – the perfect combination of sassy, fearless and tender kindhearted soul.
On Sunday, April 23rd 2017, Lynn's life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After 3 to 4 weeks of not feeling well (+strep throat, fevers, lethargy, etc.) Lynn’s mom, Cindy, requested blood work through her local Greenwich pediatrician which alarmingly revealed an extremely low blood count of both red and white blood cells as well as platelets. Cindy and Lynn’s father, Rocco, rushed to Julian Curtiss Elementary School where Lynn was attending an ordinary day in her 2nd grade class, and drove her to Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. Lynn was immediately admitted that Friday, April 21st, had a bone marrow aspiration (from her hip) on Saturday, and her diagnosis was confirmed by Sunday. Within two days, a port was implanted and an aggressive chemotherapy cocktail was started.
Lynn is currently undergoing intensive treatment which will last 2 to 3 years and include regularly scheduled trips back to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. Her immune system has been severely compromised, and the family is being inexplicably vigilant with her care. We have no doubt that Lynn will fight this fight with tremendous strength and a big heart.
WE CAN'T STOP THE DOWNPOUR, BUT WE WILL WALK IN THE RAIN with them.
For more updates on Lynn's progress, please visit The Willow Project's Facebook page.
Who We Are
The Willow Project is a community fund founded by friends and supporters which launched immediately after Lynn's diagnosis. The mission of The Willow Project is to harness the power of community to provide foundational support to the family of Lynn Willow Gulli as she valiantly flights childhood cancer.
All funds raised go directly towards Lynn’s care and will support her family through this crisis, eventually getting them properly back on their feet. At this time, the additional costs to the Gullis seems insurmountable, and no family should have to face this alone. Lynn’s mom, Cindy, has quit her full-time job so that she can be available to care for Lynn 24-hours a day. The Willow Project provides funds to both support the family's immediate needs and to help with the cost of treatment.
The Greenwich community is known for its generosity, philanthropy and family values. The Willow Project aims to harness the power of this community to provide support for Lynn on her journey to overcoming cancer. For a list of sponsors, visit our sponsor page.
The future aim of the Willow Project is to support multiple families through the critical time of cancer diagnosis and initial treatment by absorbing some of the financial burdens brought on by the diagnosis, enabling the family to focus on the recovery of their loved one.
The Willow Project is a subsidiary of the Innovadores Foundation, a Connecticut 501(c)(3) organization.
Support Lynn as she bravely fights childhood cancer.
The Willow Tree
Willow trees have solid sturdy trunks with branches that are flexible and strong. They can bend with the wind, but not break from the pressure. Willow trees thrive best when they are near water and are known for their ability to regenerate. By simply placing a twig or branch in soil, a new tree will grow. In fact, in many cultures willow trees symbolize vitality, adaptability, and regrowth. Lynn Willow Gulli, your courage is our inspiration.