Little Red Scarf is in Lanzhou, Gansu, and Yunnan provinces. We provide financial support and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, we provide families with post-operative care and help the children sustain a healthy lifestyle
I first heard about LRS a few years ago when I was in junior high, and Lina, my sister, was in senior high. Lina had been suffering from congenital heart disease, and she wasn't able to participate in phys ed classes and many normal activities. A surgical operation could correct the defect, but our family simply couldn't afford it. She was very frustrated, and might have felt fated. As luck would have it, our family learned that LRS could help needy kids have their hearts corrected. That was the light at the end of the tunnel.
Soon after, LRS helped Lina have heart surgery in April 2010. The operation was successful, and the recovery went so well that she attended the LRS summer camp in Pingliang, Gansu in August the same year. She used to be a vulnerable kid waiting for help. Now, six years later, she has grown into an energetic teacher helping many other kids. To fulfill her contribution, she volunteered for the LRS Lanzhou summer camp this August. Her passion influenced me to volunteer for the Lanzhou marathon, and also to help out in the summer camp.
At the summer camp, LRS found out that I was a university student with great financial difficulties, and they gave me a tuition subsidy of $300 USD. LRS helped my sister and brought her new life. And that removed my parents' anxiety. Now LRS has helped me financially for my studies. We are more grateful than spoken words can tell. Since I'm at school in Lanzhou city, I'll find spare time to join the LRS volunteers' team. I wish to practically help kids suffering from congenital heart defects.
Original article translated by Kai Chao, and edited by Yanyan Zhang and Carolyn D.
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