No shining armor, but Silver Knights ride into War Memorial to help young girl

Published 03/06 2014 06:39PM

Updated 03/06 2014 07:22PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The Syracuse Silver Knights will compete in their first-ever playoff game Friday night at the War Memorial, but the team will be playing for more than a shot at the championship.

The Silver Knights hope to change the life of 3-year-old Arianna Failla, who suffers from Tuberous Sclerosis, which are benign tumors that cause severe epilepsy.

“She's had four brain surgeries since February, and we're working on another one right now,” said Arianna’s mother Jennifer Failla.

Arianna’s mother says she suffers nearly 10 seizures a day.

“I just can’t do it by myself. I constantly have to be right there with her,” she said.

Soon Arianna will have a new teammate, a seizure dog who can smell the chemical changes before a seizure episode begins.

“It’s going to be so comforting for her to have that there, to be able to pet it and hug it and kiss it, basically it will be her best friend,” Jennifer said.

In order to pay the thousands of dollars for a service dog, Arianna’s parents have enlisted the help of some knights in shining armor.

“She'll be kicking off the game and she'll run out there with the team if she can,” said Syracuse Silver Knights Head Coach Tommy Tanner.

$2 of each ticket for Friday night’s game will be donated help make the purchase for Arianna.

The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at the War Memorial and tickets can be purchased at the door.

To learn about Arianna and how you can help, click here.

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