Naturally, children are full of surprises. They can entertain you one day, make you cry with frustration the next, and then amaze you the day after that. They are completely unpredictable.
Even so, little Addie Bryan’s actions have raised more than just a few complications. Having been born with a rare bone disorder called Larsen Syndrome – which contorted her legs and made it impossible for her to bend them – she went through a few years worth of extensive medical help (for free) at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
All thanks to the excellent help of the doctors that she can now not just walk, but run, and so decided she wanted a way to pay back the hospital for all its incredible help.
The solution she came up with resulted in her coming home each evening with a bag full of money …
With Addie’s birthday coming up she would have been forgiven for asking for new toys, or perhaps the latest gadget sure to make her popular at school.
Instead, she wished to raise as much money as possible for the place that helped her. As per reports,she aimed to raise around $8,000 for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. A big goal, you may agree, but she was undeterred.
She said: “I just hold a sign that says, ‘For my birthday, I want to raise $8,000 for Scottish Rite Hospital.”
Obviously,as son as the media found about of Addie’s story did a drive begin that would culminate in all of her expectations being exceeded.
People Magazine picked up her story and propelled it into the mainstream window, culminating in an outpour of donations from all over the country. All told, Addie was able to raise around $19,500 for the hospital through the donations … but that wasn’t even the end of it.
It wasn’t long before the hospital’s Vice President of Development, Stephanie Brigger, received a check made out to Scottish Rite. It was from an unnamed sender who was apparently so impressed with Addie’s work that they themselves donated an incredible $50,000.
“I am almost speechless because I am the one who opened it,” Brigger said.
“The anonymous donor wrote about seeing Addie and the pictures of her and then seeing her running. That’s a lot of casts and a lot of prosthetic devices. Every little bit and big amounts help us do what we do.”
Addie’s workplace contributed an amazing $70,000 to Scottish Rite Hospital!
I believe we would clearly all be able to gain knowledge from Addie’s amazing story and be motivated by her actions. Through sheer empathy and will she was able to raise a phenomenal amount for the hospital that helped her when she needed it most.
Most of us are capable of so much more than we would ever realize. All it took for Addie, to achieve a dream was to stand on a street corner with a sign she had made herself. She was able to change the lives of so many people.
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