Emma and Anna: Two Little Girls Determined To Raise Money and Awareness for Spina Bifida

Editor’s Note: Most 11 year-olds are carefree—playing games with friends, participating in extra-curricular activities such as sports or music classes, doing homework, or going to birthday parties. Emma Grimsley is one of these typical 11 year-olds, but devotes a lot of her time to something special that most kids her age probably do not have to deal with. Emma’s one year-old brother, John, has Spina Bifida. He is a precious boy with a smile that is contagious! Emma is motivated to raise money and awareness for not only her brother John, but other people affected with Spina Bifida with the help of her parents and her dear friend Anna.

Anna (left), Emma (right) and John had a blast at the 2011 Walk N Roll for Spina Bifida in Atlanta, Georgia

Anna (left), Emma (right) and John had a blast at the 2011 Walk N Roll for Spina Bifida in Atlanta, Georgia

Question: What have you done to help raise money for Spina Bifida?

Emma: We started a charity for children with Spina Bifida called Rolling Hearts. My parents help us a lot with the website (www.rollinghearts.org). Anna’s mom also helps us out a lot with the website design. She knows a lot about that kind of stuff! We started Rolling Hearts because my brother John was born with Spina Bifida. At first, we didn’t know much about this disorder, but we have learned a lot so far. We wanted to find ways to help him and other children.

Anyone can buy products on the Rolling Hearts website that we have made. People can also donate with our Chip-In fundraiser. One-hundred percent of the profits will go to the Spina Bifida Association of Georgia so families can afford wheelchairs and other medical equipment. We also want the profits to help pay for children with Spina Bifida to go to Camp Krazy Legs where they can have fun for a week and not worry about their medical needs.

Question: What products have you created to help raise money?

Emma: We designed T-shirts. It was really fun. We also made remembrance bracelets with our saying “Wheel Make A Difference” on one side and “Rolling Hearts” on the other side. Anyone can buy these on our website.

Anna: We also made headbands! It was really fun, too! We went to the craft store and bought the stuff to make them. They have flower petals and rhinestones on them.

Emma and Anna sell Rolling Hearts remembrance bracelets and T-shirts to help raise money for Spina Bifida.

Emma and Anna sell Rolling Hearts remembrance bracelets and T-shirts to help raise money for Spina Bifida.

Question: How else do you tell your customers about what you’re raising money for other than your website?

Emma: We have an e-mail list. My dad said that we already have around 200 people on it! Maybe people on the e-mail list will tell their friends and family and spread the word about Rolling Hearts.

Question: How much money have you raised so far?

Emma: Two-thousand dollars.

Question: What are your ideas for the future to help those with Spina Bifida?

Emma: We want to make a Facebook page. We can share photos and updates more often because so many people have Facebook now!

Anna: We would like to try a lemonade stand or a bake sale to help raise money.

Emma: Bumper stickers and other things like that would be good too!

John's father, Don, is very proud of his daughter and is optimistic about his son's future.

Emma and John's father, Don, is very proud of his daughter and is optimistic about his son's future.

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