A few weeks ago, at our Annual Run/Walk in memory of Sonia Balliet-Heidenreich, a sweet little 7 year old approached me, carrying an envelope.
This little girl, Ella, is the daughter of one of Sonia’s best friends. Ella did not get to grow up knowing Sonia, who suffered from, and eventually died from cystic fibrosis–but her mother, Gena, has worked tirelessly to keep Sonia’s memory alive.
Through the years since Sonia’s death, Gena has raised thousands of dollars for the Cystic Fibrosis Association of North Dakota. These dollars have helped people living with CF to #BreatheEasier through direct financial support for medications, travel to and from medical appointments, college tuition assistance, and lung fund matching funds.
As the saying goes, little eyes have been following Gena, and her daughter, at the tender age of 7, wanted to help out too! She let her mom know that she was going to give her very own money–$12.57 to be exact, to help others living with CF.
Gena’s example of generosity, and of supporting a charity that is in line with her passions has successfully been passed on to her daughter!
We applaud Ella for her sweet, generous spirit! We want her to know that the money she so selflessly gave will go towards helping little girls her age!
Thank you, Ella, for helping our friends with cystic fibrosis to #BreatheEasier!