Addie Bryan is going to have an especially sweet birthday this year.
Addie, who is turning 8 on Aug. 16, is going to present a check for more than $18,000 to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children officials in Dallas on Wednesday.
The check represents the people who donated money to aid in Addie’s efforts to pay back those who have helped her since she was born in 2007.
Addie seems like any other young girl, eager to be outside and take part in all the activities a youngster does on a daily basis. She is different, though, not only in the challenges she has faced at such a very young age but also in her drive to give back to those who have given so much to her.
Addie was born with Larsen’s Syndrome, which is a rare genetic disorder that affects the development of bones throughout the body.
The signs and symptoms of Larsen Syndrome vary widely. Affected individuals are usually born with inward- and upward-turning feet — club-feet — and dislocations of the hips, knees and elbows.
In Addie’s case, she was born with a club-foot and both her legs were backward. But thanks to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and its staff, she can run and walk. Addie just cannot bend her knees.
Addie’s mom, Julie, said her daughter was only 5 days old when the first casts were put in place.
This is not Addie’s first effort in raising money for the hospital. In 2014, she decided she and friends were going to set up a lemonade stand and sell lemonade to raise money for the medical facility.
Her goal was $1,000, but that quickly went to $2,000 and then $4,000 after she abandoned the stand and began standing on a street corner in her subdivision holding a sign asking for support.
She raised $4,200 in 2014 and presented the money to the hospital.
“I think it is a good thing to help other kids,” Addie said. “We never had to pay for the surgeries.”
After last year, Addie decided she was going to raise money for the hospital every year.
This year’s goal was initially $10,000, but Julie persuaded her to scale it back to $8,000 — and she passed that within a couple weeks after starting on July 10.
Addie’s fundraising efforts received a boost on Wednesday when Cotton Patch Cafe officials decided to donate 10 percent of the pre-tax proceeds from sales at the Rockwall facility between 4-8 p.m.
“Cotton Patch is a big supporter of Scottish Rite,” Julie said. “They contacted me to do this in her honor.”
Heather Adams, Cotton Patch Cafe’s store marketing coordinator, said the cafe presented Addie with $1,033.47 from the evening’s proceeds.
“It was absolutely humbling to see the community rally around this sweet girl’s goal, and the event was an all-around success,” Adams said. “Addie’s hope was to hit $18,000 overall funds raised after last night, and we were successful in helping her to exceed that goal.”
The cafe saw about an extra 300 customers during the fundraising efforts. About another 100 stopped by to see Addie outside and spin a wheel to win prizes.
“We are very proud of her ... knowing what the hospital has done for her and wanting to give back,” Julie said about Addie. “
So is Virginia Ivie, who is one of Addie’s teachers at Lake Pointe.
“I think it is awesome,” Ivie said. “I know she is going to go far.”
To learn more about Addie and her fundraising efforts, visit http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/achieving-dreams-for-addison/203387.
Gary E. Lindsley may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.