Kids these days are more intellectually advanced than our generation ever was. While some are building computers, others are painting like Michelangelo. These two Seattle sisters are playing it a little bit simpler — but for a great cause. Amiah and Aria Van Hill are selling lemonade to help fellow students pay off lunch debts.
“We are thrilled that Amiah has embraced that value at such a young age and we are so very proud that she has taken it upon herself to find a way to help those in need,” [said Amiah’s elementary school principal] “She is a very special little lady.”
On their first day of sales, the sisters managed to pay off a $40.55 debt at Hayden Meadows in Idaho. Mother Rachel encouraged her daughters to extend help to other schools. They then raised over $300 for two establishments.
“I had to explain to her that this was a lot of money,” Van Hill said, recommending that they finally take their efforts to GoFundMe to reach their goal.
Donations are now at the $2,700 mark. Amiah and Aria are living proof that little girls can dream big both for themselves and for others.
Since the discovery of gene-altering cells, it seems cancer treatments are seeing a whole new level of success. For Marian Fields, who suffered from a rare skin cancer with limited treatment options, getting better didn’t seem possible. That is, until she and her twin sister Mary Jane underwent a successful skin transplant.
Dr Jesse Selber, a plastic surgeon from the MD Anderson Cancer Centre at the University of Texas… said the surgery was “incredibly challenging and complex”.
His team of five plastic surgeons removed skin, tissue and blood vessels from Mary Jane’s abdomen and transplanted it to Marian’s back, connecting eight different arteries and veins under a microscope during surgery.
The hole in Marian’s back was 21.5in by 8.5in, making it one of the largest tissue transplantations on record.
Surgeons were concerned that the skin would be rejected and that the cancer would recur. However, because it was not the type to spread to other parts of the body, the Fields sisters remained positive.
“There was never a moment of hesitation when the option to donate skin and tissue was a possibility,” Mary Jane said.
“I had what she needed. We are two bodies with one soul. She is my other self.”
The surgery, which took 14 hours, was ultimately a success. It even provided Mary Jane with a free tummy tuck. That’s what I call selfless, sisterly love.