GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL – The story of Mya Healey’s battle with juvenile arthritis will be told during the 34th annual Janeway Children’s Miracle Network Telethon.
Mya, 11, has been selected as a 2018 Janeway Miracle Kid.
“I feel very happy being a miracle child,” Mya told the Advertiser. “The Janeway people are very nice and Santa came to see me, and I got a cape from Dr. Bautista.”
Every year the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation selects patients to be Miracle Kids for the telethon.
During one of the family’s trips to the Janeway, a foundation member gave them some forms to fill out for future advertising, “and they liked Mya’s story so much, they decided to pick her as one of this year’s Miracle Children,” said Mya’s mother, Mandy Healey.
The family’s journey began when Mya’s babysitter noticed something was wrong with one of her toes. Her mother took her to the doctor multiple times, and Mya went through a series of bloodwork, eventually going to the Janeway Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.
Every six to eight weeks since her diagnosis at the age of two, Mya has travelled to the Janeway for treatment and check-ups.
“Mya amazes us each day with her strength,” said her mother. “She has been through so much in her life and she smiles through it all.
“We are so proud of her. She may struggle at times, but she doesn't give up.”
The last time the Advertiser reported on Mya, she was raising money for the Arthritis Society’s annual walk.
Mya is currently undertaking another fundraising venture; she is now raising money to donate to the Janeway telethon June 2-3.
Cozies for Kids is the current fundraiser for the Mya Healey Project. Homemade coffee cup cozies made by Mya's mom, her aunt and other volunteers are for sale at Common Grounds Cafe, with funds going to the Janeway. Other family fundraisers include a Zumba event and ticket sales on a donated load of wood.
Local businesses and organizations are also getting in on the fundraising. A donation jar is set up at the Grand Falls-Windsor Medicine Shoppe, the Girls Empowerment group at the Youth Centre is working on a fundraising event, the two local Anglican Churches are planning a fundraiser, and a spring concert may be in the works.
Mya has a Facebook page where people can follow her fundraising journey. Contact Mandy Healey through the Facebook page or at 486-4666.