Little Red Scarf is in Lanzhou, Gansu province and provides financial support and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide families with post-operative care and help the children sustain a healthy lifestyle.
2nd Time at Summer Camp
Hao Yang is 8, and he will soon move up to 4th grade. His brother, Cheng Yang, is 1 year older. The brothers attended our summer camp for the first time in 2014; this year was their second time with our summer camp. They have grown taller in the past 2 years.
Each Child's Story
On August 11, 2016, the 4th night of the summer camp, Teacher Yun and Teacher Guan showed and explained how each child had changed since their operation.
Everyone was silent as the story of each child was told. Each photo in the PowerPoint was carefully chosen by the teachers. They showed photos from before and after surgery, being discharged from the hospital, and from home visits. Each photo had a story behind it, which showed not only the growth of the children, but also the confidence of the Little Red Scarf staff. We thank all the loving people who have helped one family after another in the race against time.
Hao Yang's story was special because of complications he experienced. Little Red Scarf helped Hao Yang have surgery but it had to be in Beijing. Hao Yang suffered from chylothorax after the operation, and he had to stay in the ICU for 66 days. For normal people, 66 days might seem like just a number, but for Hao Yang and his family, those 66 days were torture.
The photo below shows Hao Yang 3 years after he had his operation in March 2014. He was in 1st grade then and recovered well. He is very polite.
Summer Camp 2016
During the summer camp this year, the children received free physical examinations. Everything is fine for Hao Yang.
During the drawing activity, "When I Meet Myself," the brothers were very serious. They were drawing very similar pictures.
Summer camp brought a lot of happiness to the children, which inspired them to participate and use their imaginations. Throughout the whole time, everyone cared for one another and encouraged each other.
The children were doing great. Although their illnesses made their families temporarily trapped in difficult situations, we believe that the children felt love not only from their own families, but also from the dedication of loving people. We believe they will grow up with a thankful heart.
Let’s see some happy moments from the summer camp.
In the cookie eating contest, Hao Yang, Cheng Yang, and Cai Man ranked in the top 3. They had to use their facial movements to move the cookie to their mouth. The children made all kinds of funny facial expressions. You can probably tell the happiness they felt here.
One of our volunteers, Xiao Xiao, designed a drama production lesson for the children. The children were supposed to create a story with their imagination, involving the characters of a mother hen, a chick, a witch, and a weasel.
Cheng Yang rode a broom to act as the witch. He was given the award for best actor because of his ingenuity.
The happy times at summer camp are over, but the children's smiles have been imprinted on our hearts.
Care for Hao Yang's Family
Hao Yang’s family is in our Adopt a Family program for 2016. On the last day of summer camp, Hao Yang’s father received the subsidy for tuition in 2016.
The brothers' performances in the camp left a deep impression on all of us. Hao Yang was given the award for Most Beloved Child. He was the most popular among our campers.
We especially love this photo of Hao Yang. He is innocent and carefree. His cheerful eyes and bright smile are really contagious. We wish him happiness all the time!
Original article written by Ai Ju, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Carolyn D.
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