Anna King is an optimist.
She has been a fan of positivity and a Life is Good groupie since she was 2 years old. If you asked Anna to define herself in one word just 3 weeks ago, she likely would have answered “athlete.”
At 12 years old, she’s already had fantastic experiences participating & excelling in soccer, basketball, volleyball and running. Anna has a competitive spirit and loves to win. She is a natural leader and enjoys being part of a team. Like most kids, Anna loves to be with friends and be active. And most of all, she loves to laugh and make other people laugh.
3 weeks ago she was an athlete, coming in first with her team at her volleyball tournament. Today, she is in heart failure. To be accurate, her heart has obviously been in bad shape for a while, but it wasn’t discovered until Anna had a chest xray to check for pneumonia. The doctors noted her heart was mildly enlarged, and a follow up with a pediatric cardiologist revealed shocking news. Anna had been living with a rare heart condition, dilated cardiomyopathy, which means her heart has become diseased and has worn itself out. Anna will need a new heart.
Now Anna and her family are working with a transplant team at Texas Childrens Hospital in Houston, and waiting for a new heart. We believe that Anna’s love for her life and the people in it was so big that this heart just couldn’t keep up with her. It is our prayer that Anna will get a new heart meant for her; one that will keep up with her enormous capacity to love, laugh and live the life she is meant to live.
We need a “Heart Fit For A. King.”
In the meantime, Anna is approaching this challenge as she has lived all of her life. She is confident, courageous and ready to win. Most of all, Anna has an infectious sense of humor and a silliness that makes life easier for her, and for all of us around her. We invite you to follow us on our journey, and become part of Anna King’s “Army of Optimists.” Together we will see Anna through this, watch her win, and all be better for having learned from her.
[ Anna is a native of Mayfield, NY, and currently lives in The Woodlands, Texas, with her parents, Joe and Pam, little sister Lila & her pup, Zack. ]