Halloween is such a fun holiday, particularly for children, as it allows people to let their imaginations run wild (and it’s an excuse to eat tons of candy). While Halloween at twenty-one has certainly lost some of the childhood charm, I was so pleased to read this article from Good Morning America about a Texas Neighborhood Trick or Treating to Save a 14-Year-Old’s Life.
Anna King, 14-years-old, from the Woodlands, Texas, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy in 2012, which has left her heart swollen and unable to pump properly, inhibiting her from attending school and participating in typical teen activities. Anna has been waiting for a heart transplant for 538 days, for far too long.
A local mortgage broker, Jason Higham, learned of Anna’s condition, and he decided to step up to the plate and make a difference. He arranged an event, “Halloween for a Heart,” held last Thursday in the Woodlands, to raise money to help with Anna’s medical bills. He set up an online fundraising page (DONATE HERE), which at the time of GMA’s original article had raised over $10,000. Additionally, the town held a costume contest, a silent auction and a special trick-or-treating event with the specific purpose of raising money for Anna’s care and treatment.
Anna is said to have a positive attitude about her illness, and her optimism is clearly contagious, and it has inspired her community to rally around her.
So on this Monday, while I complain about a dull headache and having a day full of glasses, everything is put into perspective when hearing this story about Anna King, a young girl facing a difficult battle with a smile on her face. Keep smiling this week, my friends!