Iolanthe’s Kids: Anna


I first read Anna’s story on the Rally Foundation’s website and was truly moved by what an inspirational young woman she is (take a few minutes to watch her story, courtesy the folks at CNN). I reached out to her Mom on Facebook and put the works for her goodybox in action.

More on her story below.*

Her Mom, Melissa, writes: “As I got on Facebook today, up popped my memories from years past on this day. So funny that one of them included a blog post I had written about using the talents you have to bless others, as Anna had a package to open of someone doing just that! Thank you so much Myla Kent and Iolanthe Alpaca Ranch for the goody box you sent our girl!!! Anna got the most beautiful American Ballet Theatre shirt, the softest, coziest hat knit from Harmony and Faith’s fibers (gorgeous Alpacas we got a photo of!), she got a gorgeous custom keychain she already loves to hold and feel, and then Myla included really thoughtful and perfect gifts for Anna’s siblings! The girls got beautiful postcards to color and our Little Man got a joke book. (What could possibly be more perfect?!) Talk about using your talents to bless others! Dang! You blow us away! Thank you all so very much!! Anna feels so special and loved. That is priceless and it means a lot to us. As for the video, Anna never went to the ABT summer program but it was always on her list of ones she wanted to. Olivia was taken aback for a second by Anna’s confusion! It is, however, her favorite ballet company! Also, she still has the hat and shirt on, and refuses to take them off. . . like we would ask her to! Love you Myla!”

I so love the Mott’s. They’re such an amazing family.

*The Amazing Anna has survived a pineoblastoma brain tumor. She had two resections, a shunt placement, overcame left side paralysis, endured 32 radiation treatments to the brain and spine in conjunction with 6 months of intense chemotherapy along with many other hosptializations. She completed her chemotherapy in June of 2013 and thankfully has been cancer free ever since. She goes every 3 months for MRIs. Anna is now blind as a result of the intense pressure the tumor caused on her optic nerves and has many cognitive challenges from the difficult resections. In spite of this, she is always smiling, so strong and an inspiration to all who know her! As she says in the CNN interview, she was not going to let her brain tumor take control, and she is dancing again. Anna wants to dance to inspire others to let them know they can do anything.

Pure inspiration.

Anna is a participant of Dancers v. Cancer and you can watch the video of the girls opening Anna’s goodybox on her facebook page, Anna’s Prayer Warriors.

Special thanks to Alison for spinning and knitting Anna’s out of Faith and Harmony’s fiber, and to Scott for the awesome keychain he custom designed for Anna modeled so beautifully by Anna above 😉 and to the awesome folks at the Rally Foundation for sharing Anna’s story. xo, M