When 17-year-old Collene Larson went to help children in the Dominican Republic with VisionTrust, she never expected God would change her life through 8-year-old Ismeilyn.
While all the other Dominican children were playing on the team’s newly delivered playground equipment, Collene spotted a little girl off to the side. When she approached her she found out Ismeilyn suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, a congenital condition causing fragile bones easily susceptible to breakage.
Collene felt like she could do more than just carry the little girl around the playground (which she did, taking the smiling child on every ride). So, when she got home she began a campaign to give Ismeilyn a life changing surgery. While there is no cure for Ismeilyn’s condition, there are surgeries that can help by placing metal rods/nails into the long bones of the legs and arms. Ismeilyn’s family had been offered an inexpensive surgery through a Dominican organization, but still could not afford the portion they were required to pay. Collene gladly volunteered to help.
After more than a year of work, donation jars, campaigns and car washes, Collene has raised over $8,000 to go toward the four surgeries required to complete Ismeilyn’s transformation.
Today, December 20th, Ismeilyn is having her third surgery to place two nails in each of her arms. They will also be checking on a nail in one of her legs from her last surgery that has moved a little bit. Please pray for the doctor’s to have wisdom during the surgery and for a fast recovery.
We also still need help covering the remaining $1375 it will cost for the rest of her surgery. If you’d like to donate and brighten Ismeilyn’s day click here.