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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Small gestures can mean the world

  • After watching a news segment on KSTP Channel 5 on March 21, Kendra Zuhlsdorf, a sixth grader at St. Mary’s School, was moved to action.
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  • After watching a news segment on KSTP Channel 5 on March 21, Kendra Zuhlsdorf, a sixth grader at St. Mary’s School, was moved to action.
     
    The segment featured a Twin Cities family and a very sick little girl. June Rudd is three years old and has spent over a month in the hospital suffering from complications of a rare disease known as Aicardi Syndrome.
     
    Her parents were told that she is never going to talk or walk or do anything on her own. That isn’t reason enough for them, they say, for June not to live life to the brink.
     
    June’s parents have put out the call for love in the form of 4 by 4 inch handmade hearts. Her hospital room is already adorned with hundreds. The families goal is to hang 20,000 hearts by June 1.
     
    “I was sick when I was really young so I wanted to help another little girl,” Kendra said.
     
    Her own personal goal is to have 1,000 handmade hearts made by May 1 to be mailed to June’s hospital room.
     
    To help Kendra accomplish this goal she has enlisted the help of students, teachers and staff at St. Mary’s school as well as residents at Divine Providence Community Home.
     
    Grace Barns is one of the residents who has been working with Kendra on making hearts.
     
    “I had a sister that was sick and we needed all the help we could get,” said Grace. “So I like helping others if I can. It doesn’t matter that I don’t know this little girl. She will still have a smile on her face when she sees these and that’s what counts. It’s important to realize that even at any age, there is always something you can do.” 
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