When Addie Bryan celebrated her 8th birthday in 2015, she had a special celebration in mind that was close to her heart.
The little girl wanted to donate money to a hospital in Texas.
She wanted to say ‘Thank you very much’ to the hospital that helped her overcome many obstacles.
And thanks to the kindness and generosity of her community and even strangers, Addie was able to give them a check that left the hospital staff in shock.
Wait until you see the size of the check ..
Addie was born with Larsen syndrome, a birth defect that affects the joints, hands, feet and face.
The syndrome is very rare, and affects one in 100,000 pregnancies.
“When she was born, her knees were inverted, her legs came up to her head, she had hip dysplasia, and a clubfoot”, said Addie’s mother, Julie.
Julie’s little girl was barely a week old when she first had to have casts on her legs.
By the time she was 8, Addie’s legs had been molded nearly 70 times.
“We didn’t know if she would ever be able to walk, if she would be able to run. We didn’t know anything”, recalls mother Julie.
But thanks to the hard work of Addie and the doctors, the girl managed to recover from the most severe symptoms of the syndrome. She was able to run and play with friends, despite the fact that no one thought she would ever make it.
Every day she took new steps in her development. She can now do things that seemed impossible when she was a few days old.
In the summer, just before her 8th birthday, Addie was standing on the side of a busy street in her hometown of Rockwell, Texas.
Every morning and every afternoon.
“I just held up signs that said, ‘In honor of my birthday, I want to raise $8,000 for the hospital'”.
Addie stood on the street corner asking people to donate to the hospital.
Addie, who hopes the money will help make more casts and crutches for children, was on her way to reaching her goal when a local news network heard her story.
As more and more people heard about Addie’s cause, the donations started pouring in.
According to the WFAA channel, Addie was already halfway to the goal, when she managed to raise $4500 for the hospital.
“I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a lot of money'”, she said.
But the donations didn’t stop coming – and even people who live on the other side of the country donated for the hospital.
Many anonymous gifts came to the hospital, including a check for $50,000 from an anonymous donor.
Stephanie Briger, the hospital’s vice president, said she was “speechless” when she saw the check.
She said that the money Addie donated will provide prostheses and casts for the children in the hospital for many years to come.
“I think all the kids will be happy, and they’ll be able to get out of the hospital faster”, Addie said.
Addie is truly a special and amazing girl who proves nothing is impossible – no matter what the obstacles.
We hope it inspires you as it has inspired us. It’s amazing to do things for others that will improve their lives significantly!