New Castle News


September 30, 2013

Photos, Video, Story: Shenango homecoming queen Brittany Chieze considers herself ‘a pretty lucky girl’



Brittany comes by the Homecoming genes naturally. Her mother, the former Rochelle Roth, was Homecoming queen at New Castle High almost 30 years ago to the day of Brittany’s crowning, as was Fiorilli’s mother, the former Diana Oliphant, in 1982.

Brittany’s long-term prognosis is uncertain, although many SMA patients with an onset similar to hers do not live more than 10 to 14 years.

Rochelle said Brittany does not dwell on the negative, and that is what sustains them.

“She’s a happy person,” Rochelle said. “She has an unbelievable attitude and it is contagious to everyone around her. She has been through a lot in her young life and has never complained.”

Brittany simply refuses to give in to her disease.

“I live one day at a time,” Brittany said with a smile that sparkled as much as her crown. “That’s all you can do.

“I think I’m a pretty lucky girl.”


News correspondent Joe Ligo shares "Brittany's Story."

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