Gianna’s siblings - Lucia, Briella and Carl - are part of her powerful legacy. They got to know her heart firsthand, and they got to be bossed around by her the most too. 💜
Their love is neverending, and they will help to spread a message of love and understanding in the name of G.
We jokingly called her dramatic, but G’s personality was always A1. Super intelligent, attentive, funny, direct, and caring; everyone loved Gianna.
From her cousins and closest friends, to teachers and celebrities she met along the way; no one could stop talking about how impressed they were with this sparkling star.
Gianna received these beautiful messages of support as part of her Christmas present from her Godmother in December 2020.
Danielle Karagach (from Dancing With The Stars), Chef Duff Goldman, and Kel Mitchell (from Game Shakers and more) represent some of G’s favorite shows to
watch and things to do (baking, dancing and making people laugh).
Gianna got to attend Questlove's birthday party in 2020, and brought him a custom-made drawing of hers that depicted him with Cookie Monster. He LOVED it.
Always a scholar, Gianna was featured in a news segment filmed live at the Young Minds science expo in 2018.
Gianna was celebrated at Yankee Stadium in the summer of 2019, and received a huge bag of presents and goodies from the team.
Gianna got to dance on the court at Barclays Center, when her competition dance team performed their Jay-Z medley in 2015. Gianna's beautiful happy face was also broadcast on NBA TV.
Gianna got to attend a dance class with Mayte Garcia (choreographer, artist, former member of Prince's band NPG and the ex-wife of Prince). Gianna brought Mayte a custom-made drawing, and they became fast friends cartwheeling and laughing together.
Gianna got to dance (and learn from) hip-hop choreographer Tricia Miranda at Broadway Dance Center in the summer of 2018.
Starting her superstar career early, Gianna got to star in a promotional ad for makeup artist Michelle Phan's cosmetic line EM.
Gianna got to film a Maybelline commercial with Jessica White for a full day in 2014.
In the spring of 2019, Gianna's chorus performed at City Hall in NYC in front of a crowd of lawmakers and honorees.
Vanessa Bayer (a childhood cancer survivor) visited Memorial Sloan Kettering to read from her children's book, and took a liking to sweetheart Gianna.
Gianna was honored at an essay contest in the spring of 2018. She read her essay live and impressed Senator Marty Golden for her suggestions regarding an anti-littering campaign.
While filming The Drop in 2013, actor Tom Hardy 'dropped' by Gianna's preschool and spoke with the students about their lesson regarding dolphins and other ocean life.
Forever stylish, Gianna received compliments from Iris Apfel herself while attending her book signing at Bergdorf Goodman with her godmother.
After a very successful audition in 2018, Gianna was offered a coveted spot on the dance team for the Brooklyn Cyclones. She performed at a bevy of games that summer.
Gianna was pampered at 2 very high-profile concerts in the summer of 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes did not disappoint.
For Gianna's 10th birthday, her parents threw her a super fun glow in the dark SURPRISE dance party. Gianna was shocked, exceptionally grateful, and had a ball.
Feeling like a supermodel,
Gianna got her hair done at the super-trendy John Barrett Braid Bar in the Bergdorf Goodman salon back in 2012.
In 2018, Gianna bravely explored a real underground cave with her cousins on a family vacation.
Gianna was a flower girl and bridesmaid not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, but 5 times!
Princess GG was lucky enough to be pampered and primped in this world-famous Cinderella Salon at DisneyWorld.
Dance was her first love, but Gianna also took part in plenty of sports. Her favorite was basketball, and she was named Team Captain of her elementary school's squad back in 2019.
Considered one of the "funnest" days of her life (according to G), Gianna got the opportunity to drive a boat on a family vacation in the summer of 2020.
Gianna also courageously jumped off of that same boat she drove! Life jacket on, fears off. All of G's siblings and a couple of her best friends joined her for this crazy fun moment.
Travel was a favorite pastime of Gianna's. She flew and drove to many places including Florida, Bermuda + North Carolina (shown).
Disney fun was had by Gianna twice...
once with her younger sister Lucia,
and once with all of her younger siblings (Lucia, Briella and Carl).
One of Gianna's favorite trips was to Bermuda for a family wedding in 2018. The weather was perfect,
and the ocean was calm.
During a trip to Mystic Connecticut, Gianna and her siblings were able to explore a real life submarine. They toured every tiny hallway and "underwater" room.
Gianna's Mom, Grandma, Nonna, Godmother, and sisters accompanied her to a touching, fun, and fashionable "Say Yes To The Dress" reenactment when choosing her Communion dress in 2015. She said YES!
When Gianna first started treatment for her Osteosarcoma in 2019, the NYPD Jazz Band came to perform at her elementary school. Gianna wasn't able to attend,
but the officers sent her a photographed message at the end of the show.
Gianna loved baking, and Gianna loved food. Her Godmother loved to introduce her to fancy pastries and famous culinary destinations. Two of her favorites - Dominique Ansel's cronuts
and Laduree's world-famous legendary macarons (location shown).
Memorial Sloan Kettering filmed a fun "High School Musical" prom video in the summer of 2019 and Gianna was featured with some sharp moves throughout the whole clip multiple times (because the staff knew where to go for true talent)!
Always active, Gianna had a ball ice skating with her Godmother, Mother, and siblings; practicing turns and tricks while pretending to be in the Olympics.
From a very young age, Gianna attended Italian school in Brooklyn. She performed in multiple recitals, was given a solo, and also attended Italian Federation events sponsored through the school.
Gianna was asked to march in the NYC Columbus Day Parade in midtown, along with her Italian school classmates.
Gianna was also honored to march in the Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade, along with her Italian school classmates (and this time she was allowed to bring her family as well).
From the church altar, to the elementary school band stage, to the Italian recital spotlight, to countless dance recitals and competitions; Gianna was given many solo opportunities to showcase
her immense talent.
In 2012, Gianna became the muse behind the brand Miss Mini Chic. Her fanciful image was animated and became plastered on banners, stickers, business cards, and bags.
While Citifield was being built in 2009, Gianna secured a personalized brick as a dedicated gift to her Mets fan Daddy.
At one of Gianna's dance friend Sweet Sixteens in 2019, Gianna was surprised by the honor to light her 17th,
the inspiration candle.
For her Godmother's 35th birthday celebration in 2012, Gianna was invited to attend a fancy tea at luxury destination Bergdorf Goodman.
Gianna always performed her responsibilities as the best big sister in the world with perfection, but she also became like a mini Mommy to her beloved siblings as time went on too. They loved to look up to their favorite role model
and will do so forever.
A performer at heart, Gianna loved to attend plays and musicals. She was blessed to attend many including Cinderella, Wicked, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Radio City Spring Spectacular, the Gazillion Bubble Show, Scrooge, and Matilda (shown).
Gianna was trained by real life Rockette Abigail Gatlin at an intense jazz workshop at her dance school in the summer of 2014.
WWE Superstars Mandy Rose, Apollo, Ember Moon, and Maverick came to hang out with Gianna at MSK in the summer on 2019. She got tips on staying strong and even got to try on the championship belt!
From a very young age, Gianna's artistic talents were evident. As Gianna went through treatment for her Osteosarcoma, her talents only grew. Her family is blessed to have lots of her canvases on display around the house
including this Harry Potter gem.
On Thursday, September 16th, The Brooklyn Cyclones dedicated a game to our precious Gianna.
Hundreds of our friends and family attended to support and witness a special pre-game ceremony and other special tie-ins including the legendary, world-famous parachute jump being lit up with her name!
This was a night to remember
and we are grateful for the celebration.
Pictures and videos coming soon!