November 19, 2006
Yesterday the city of Thomson united at a local church to raise money for a little girl in need of her 37th major operation.
Nine-year-old Kieseonna Harris is living with EEC Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder with a lot of complications. So far she has endured 36 surgeries, and now she needs another to save her hearing.
Whether she's singing, cheering, dancing, or performing, Kieseonna gives it her all...and her mother and Springfield Baptist Church are working hard to make sure she has it all.
On Saturday, the entire Thomson community came together for more than just face painting, cotton candy and pony rides. The carnival was a fundraiser to raise money for the hearing implants Kieseonna needs.
"She's been through a lot in her life and we want to make sure she has it," said Rev. Favors of Springfield Baptist Church.
Rev. Favors and the Springfield Baptist youth group are helping Kieseonna's mom raise the $20,000 still needed for the $85,000 procedure.
"I'm really thankful, especially to have this many people come out to support my daughter. I'm just so happy, I can't thank them enough."
But the church says they have Kieseonna to thank.
"We are overjoyed to work so hard for that this little girl can really have a chance at life," said one church member.
And Kieseonna has proven she will fight for every chance she gets. She's endured six surgeries this year alone and is the only person in the state of Georgia living with her disease.
Her mother says it's her daughter's strength that gets her through.
"I'm supposed to be her backbone, but she's my backbone! I think we are a match made in heaven."
Over $3000 was raised at today's carnival, bringing the church's grand fundraising total to $10,100 dollars. $9900 is still needed before Kieseonna can get the implant surgery.
Anyone wanting to make a donation can do so by calling the SunTrust Bank in Thomson at (706) 595-0210.