Rocco Sivolella

After returning from winter break, one of Wayne Valley’s own was struck with a grim discovery. When worsening COVID-19 symptoms sent this student to the hospital for extensive testing, he never would have imagined that his positive COVID test would lead to the discovery of Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML. 

Freshman Rocco Sivolella (14) was diagnosed with AML on January 12, 2022. Rare as it is, AML is a rapidly progressing type of cancer that affects the production of white and red blood cells and platelets. Prior to his diagnosis, Rocco had not experienced common symptoms of the disease, which may include fatigue, weakness, headaches, or shortness of breath. 

Rocco’s diagnosis brought not only the Wayne Valley community, but the entire town of Wayne together to support a common cause. The Wayne Valley football team designed bracelets, sweatshirts, and t-shirts, and profits from the sale were donated to Rocco’s family in order to help ease the financial burden of treatment. Town rivalries aside, athletes from Wayne Valley, DePaul Catholic, and Wayne Hills gathered at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for a healing mass dedicated to Rocco, where they prayed for his recovery. Wayne Valley Football mom Christina Kindler also launched a GoFundMe on behalf of Paula Corrieri, Rocco’s mother, to further provide financial support. 

Other Wayne Valley clubs and organizations are also showing their support for Rocco. At the end of January, our chapter of the National Honor Society launched a bake sale and ultimately donated hundreds of dollars to Rocco’s family. In addition, both the White and Blue teams of SDA (Student Dance Association) held themed practices, wearing orange (which represents leukemia cancers) to stand in solidarity with Rocco. 

As of the end of January, Rocco’s health improves after his first round of chemotherapy. As his friends, family, and teachers send Rocco love and positivity, we hope that the support of the community will speed his recovery even further. Wayne fights with Rocco!