Lina has a new perspective on life after we helped cure her congenital heart disease. Before she had heart surgery in 2010, the 11th grader in rural China had lost hope for the future. She had suffered 17 years with congenital heart disease, but her family couldn’t afford treatment.
After the successful surgery we made possible, she became more positive and confident. She even volunteered as a teacher at our summer camp for post-surgery children, giving back in gratitude for the support she had received. Three years later, she fulfilled her dream to go to college. Lina will graduate in 2016, which is a significant milestone for a female who has overcome heart disease and impoverished conditions. Now she looks forward to the future ahead of her.
We're so proud of her accomplishments, and we've enjoyed staying in touch with her. Read below what she's shared with us from her life in college.
May 3, 2016: One Step Closer
April 21, 2016: Will I Pass the Checkup?
April 18, 2016: Around Campus, Amazon Promotion for LRS
Lina has a kind, generous heart to help others and give back. She even helped us promote our cause on AmazonSmile by posing with this sign around her campus.
April 3, 2016: Spring Has Come to My Beautiful Campus
Recently the weather has been great, and the campus is filled with the sweet scent of flowers. My classmates and I have been walking around in our spare time, taking photos and hoping to capture the beauty within our school!
February 28, 2016: The Village I Live In
My house is located in a small village in Gansu, Pingliang. People who live here construct their houses by themselves with their farmlands in front of their houses. Before, there used to be land on the mountains. Later, the government advocated for trees to be planted on the land to create forests. On the farmland, we usually plant some wheat, rice, beans, and other staple crops. Due to road construction done a few years ago, there have been many land acquisitions, resulting in a shortage of land among the villagers.
My house is among these village homes, near a hospital. Although it appears that the whole village has no color, when spring comes, there will be many flowers. It will be very beautiful as the barley will begin to turn green.
February 29, 2016: Little Red Scarf, a Faithful Companion
Original blog post written by Lina, translated by Nina Chen, edited by Carolyn D.
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