To the Editor:
A mysterious illness took the life of 8-year-old on July 26, but this precious girl’s life lives on in so many ways, impacting the people around her for many years to come. We can all learn from this young person and her classmates on how to improve the world around us!
Amara, a second grader at in Maple Grove, lived with a medical mystery illness that caused lesions to grow on her spine and brain. The medical experts in Minnesota and around the world are still figuring out this strange disease, but Amara and her family knew that her health was no mystery to God, for He created her in His way and for His purpose.
And yet, through it all, Amara overcame illness with JOY and FAITH! She touched everyone around her with her huge smile, her kindness, and her love for Jesus. Even after six months in Intensive Care, Amara did not complain, continually giving her signature thumbs’ up. More than 700 people came to her Celebration of Life ceremony on Aug. 9 at to honor her and give thanks for her joyful, sweet spirit and never-ending faith in Jesus.
Abby, a classmate of Amara at Heritage, created an amazing opportunity for all of us to live out Amara’s legacy with a Facebook page called “Amara’s Acts of Kindness,” where people can pledge an act of kindness every day for a year.
The community has rallied around Amara and her family with lemonade stands, garage sales and even one classmate asking for donations to Amara’s family instead of birthday gifts. A recent lemonade stand held at Becker Furniture’s parking lot in Maple Grove raised about $5,000 and a garage sale will be held this week with all proceeds going to Amara’s family to pay for extensive medical bills. Donations can also me made at any Wells Fargo attn.: Amara Weidinger Fund.
It is people like Amara, and the community rallying around her, that make me appreciate the simple things and I hope everyone will help live out Amara’s legacy by pledging an act of kindness every day!