Wayland girl raises $12,000 for pediatric cancer patients

Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor will perform Feb. 1 in Groton to help raise money for the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School chamber choir’s upcoming tour of Europe.
Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor will perform Feb. 1 in Groton to help raise money for the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School chamber choir’s upcoming tour of Europe.

BRAVERY IN ACTION: Last summer, Wayland fifth-grader Isabella “Issi” Carrara read a Boston Globe Magazine article describing how a recent album by Medford children’s musician Alastair Moock, “Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids,” was inspired by his 6-year-old daughter Clio and her battle with leukemia.

Issi was moved by the portrayal of Moock having his head shaved during a video shoot for his song “When I Get Bald.” Determined to make her own difference in the fight against pediatric cancer, she requested that gifts for her 11th birthday on Oct. 9 be donated to Lucy’s Love Bus, an Amesbury-based nonprofit that covers the cost of integrative therapies for pediatric cancer patients.

On Jan. 17, Issi culminated a six-week fund-raising effort netting $12,000 for Lucy’s Love Bus by getting a buzz cut on stage with six other kids and adults during a concert at Wayland High School, at which Moock performed with Clio and her twin sister, Elsa.


The concluding song, “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, signified more than Issi’s decision to donate more than a foot of her curly brown locks to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which makes wigs for women fighting cancer. Her concert outfit — a baggy T-shirt, blue sweat pants, and purple sneakers — is typical of her emphasis on comfort over following trends, which has drawn derision from some classmates since she moved from Westwood two years ago.

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Now, however, the teasing has been replaced by respect for her indomitable drive to help other kids. Already adjusted to her new hairstyle, Issi is eager to share a lesson so others may be encouraged to take positive action.

“People can be mean,” she acknowledged, “but they can turn around.”

For more information, search for Issi’s Love-Buzz on Facebook.

MUSICAL BENEFIT: Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School, 344 Main St. in Groton, to benefit the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School chamber choir’s upcoming tour of Europe.


According to music director Timothy Savoy, the trip from April 16-25 will feature performances at historic cathedrals and festivals in Italy, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Although a parent group has committed more than $80,000 toward the tour, according to Savoy, $27,000 is still needed to enable all 32 students in grades 9-12 to participate.

This is the second benefit concert in which Taylor has participated for the chamber choir; in 2012, his show raised money so the students could sing at the Olympic Games in London.

“To have this opportunity to perform in all these historic places is amazing,” said Savoy, noting that this will be the first time that some students have been on an airplane. “To do it in high school, with all their friends, is something they’ll always remember.”

Doors open for general admission at 6 p.m., with a silent auction preceding the concert. Tickets cost $35 in advance or $45 at the door. A limited number of $75 VIP tickets include a champagne reception with Taylor.

For more information, visit www.gdchamberchorus.org.


HEALTHY COOKING: Author Emily Franklin will moderate a panel discussion on food, family, and nutrition Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton St. in her hometown of Newton.

The event will feature New York City resident Katie Workman, who will discuss her newly published “The Mom 100 Cookbook.” The other panelists are family educator Sarah Wilensky of Newton and a pediatric nutritionist from Groton, Joanne Csaplar .

Franklin, a former chef and widely published author of cookbooks and books for adult and young adult audiences, said the intent is to demystify meal planning with simple recipes for busy families.

“It doesn’t have to be perfect,” said Franklin, who has four children, ages 6, 9, 12, and 14. “The goal is to make a healthy meal in whatever way you can, and to be together.”

The program is part of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Boston Jewish Literary Series. For more information, call 617-965-5226, e-mail boxoffice@ jccgb.org, or visit www.bostonjcc.org/bookfair.

FUND-RAISING TALKS: Four Sudbury residents will participate in a fund-raiser benefiting the Foundation for Educators at Lincoln-Sudbury on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, 390 Lincoln Road in Sudbury.

The annual Faye Goldberg-Scheff Memorial Lecture has funded eight enrichment grants, each up to $2,500, for the personal and professional growth of Lincoln-Sudbury faculty and staff for the past 13 years. It is named in memory of foundation committee member and Lincoln resident Faye Goldberg-Scheff.

This year’s talk is a departure from tradition, in which a Lincoln-Sudbury teacher or grant recipient is typically selected to speak. Instead, the event will feature 10-minute lectures by David McCullough Jr., author and English teacher at Wellesley High School; Brian McGrory, editor of The Boston Globe; Chris Kurth, owner of Siena Farms in Sudbury; and Ana Sortun, chef and partner at Boston restaurants Oleana, Sofra, and Sarma.

The presentations will be followed with a question-and-answer period featuring all of the participants.

“The lectures do not have a common thread,” said Sudbury resident Diane Metzger, president of the Foundation for Educators at Lincoln-Sudbury . “Our goal is simply an evening of accomplished individuals sharing their passions.”

Admission at the door costs $10, or $5 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.fels.ugroo.org.

People items may be submitted to Cindy Cantrell at cindy-cantrell20@gmail.com.