Meet Jimmy Fund Clinic Patient and Cancer Crusader Gianna Martiniello


Jimmy Fund Co-Captains Will Middlebrooks and David Ross share some laughs with Jimmy Fund Clinic patient, Gianna.
Jimmy Fund Co-Captains Will Middlebrooks and David Ross share some laughs with Jimmy Fund Clinic patient Gianna.

Gianna Martiniello is no stranger to the spotlight. Since being diagnosed with leukemia at the age of two, the 13-year-old Stoneham native has been featured in local newspapers and honored throughout Jimmy Fund programs. On May 29, 2014, Gianna joined Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino as well as Dana-Farber President and CEO Edward J. Benz Jr., MD for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Boston Red Sox Jimmy Fund Gallery and Auditorium

An avid Boston Red Sox fan, Gianna made a special visit this past spring to participate in a photo shoot with Jimmy Fund Co-Captains and Boston Red Sox players Will Middlebrooks and David Ross.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Gianna and ask her a few questions about school, the Boston Red Sox and her private tour of Fenway Park with David Ross and Will Middlebrooks.

JF: What was it like to be on the field at Fenway Park?
GM: It was amazing, the field is huge and the view is incredible.

JF: Are you going to any Boston Red Sox games this summer?
GM: I went on teen trip to Fenway in June, and I usually go to a couple of games with my Aunt.

JF: What do you like to do for fun?
GM: I like to sew, and hang out with my friends.

JF: What is your favorite subject in school?
GM: Math

JF: Who’s your favorite Boston Red Sox player?
GM: Dave Ross is the best!

JF: What did you talk about with the Jimmy Fund Co-Captains?
We laughed about my “escaping” from the hospital to hang out with them. Dave and I laughed about both of us being bald. We rubbed heads to bring him luck for that night’s game.

Gianna’s sparkling personality shined through during the Jimmy Fund Co-Captains photo shoot. Look for Gianna on taxi cab tops, MBTA platform posters, and on digital ads through the summer.

Learn more about the Jimmy Fund Co-Captains.