Bella is 8yrs old and was born with morning-glory syndrome, a rare eye disease. She is blind in one eye and could lose vision in the other. When Bella was diagnosed at age two, the doctor told us she would never be able to do sports, activities or any profession that requires good vision, depth perception or balance. That was very difficult to hear as parents. Since Bella was little, she has always cared so deeply for people. When Bella see's a homeless person on the street, she will start crying and say a pray to God to please help them and give them food and shelter. The attached note is a perfect example of Bella. She left the note for Santa this year with a plate of cookies. Bella decided to not let her disease dictate her life, but has embraced it at such an early age. She just started a website bellasglory to help other kids with disabilities realize they can do anything. There is not a week that goes by that somebody does not tell my wife or I, what an incredible and special girl Bella is and tell us something she has done or others. Although, they are small acts of kindness or encouragement, it's the consistency daily that inspires those around her. In addition to her wonderful heart, Bella decided to prove her doctor wrong. She has competed in competitive cheerleading, where she was a flyer and won many competitions. She is now dancing for a competitive dance team and just started horse back riding at the US National Disability Center where she insists she will be riding in the Olympics someday soon. Bella once told me "Dad, if something happens to my other eye and I can no longer see, I will be really scared, but I know God will be with me". She is an inspiration to me on a daily basis and I'm very grateful she's in our family.
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