Today is Valentine's Day, and I'm sure that if you go out in public anywhere today you are going to be inundated with images of hearts. Hearts have become a symbol of love, and everybody loves to talk about love on Valentine's Day.
I don't want to discuss love today, but I do want to discuss hearts. I am going to tell you about a young boy living in Marshall, TX who is in need of a new heart. I do not normally post things of this nature, but this boy's story has touched my heart, and I am hoping that it will touch your heart as well.
This is Anthony.
You can read more about Anthony's story in this very heartfelt post from my dear blogger friend and personal friend of his family and also in this write up about him from the Marshall, TX newspaper.From the outside, Anthony looks like any other 10-year-old boy. He is an honor roll student, is active in his local church, and loves soccer, Legos, Star Wars, and magic tricks. He is seemingly normal in every sense of the word.
But unlike most 10-year-old boys, Anthony has been fighting a relentless battle against congenital heart disease, enduring multiple surgeries and procedures, countless hospitalizations, and two life-threatening infections to his heart. His heart is now so compromised that no medicine, no catheterization, no surgery can help it. At the recommendation of his doctors at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, he is now waiting for a life-saving heart transplant.
Please watch this brief and heart felt message about Anthony from a good friend of his, and the daughter of my good friend and fellow blogger.
Like many families who are unable to shoulder the significant financial burden of transplant and the lifetime care it requires, Anthony’s family has entered into a relationship with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, a national non-profit organization which assists families in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. Funds are raised for COTA in honor of Anthony and can only be used for expenses directly related to his transplant related expenses. All gifts are tax deductible and 100% of the funds raised will be designated for his use.
The family asks for your prayers and your help. Providing for Anthony’s medical future is not an option. It is a necessity.
My blogger friends and I are coming together today, February 14th, to ask for your help. We are asking people to visit Anthony's donor page and GIVE $1.40. That's it! That is a very insignificant amount to most of us--half a cup of coffee from Starbucks!-- but it would mean so very much to Anthony and his family.
We are also asking that you share our posts. Get the word out about Anthony to all of your friends. Even if you can't give, help us make this go viral!
If you wish to keep up with Anthony's Story, you can do so by liking Anything For Anthony on facebook.
Secure donations may be made online at http://cota.donorpages.com/