PLAINVILLE -- Sports has a way to impact many lives, whether you're a fan of player or a team, or you find inspiration from one of the two.
In November of 2018, the UConn Huskies women's basketball team were introduced to a Plainville girl who is battling a rare blood disease. When she was 14-months, Daniela Ciriello was diagnosed with Beta Thalassemia Major, a disease that does not produce healthy red blood cells.
Every three weeks, 6-year-old Daniela Ciriello must see a doctor for a blood transfusion in order to stay alive.
This procedure is necessary until there's a cure for her illness.
FOX61's Bobby Martinez has the story.