McConnellsville is a tiny, one-stoplight hamlet about fifteen minutes down the road from where I grew up. There were others like it – Florence, Taberg, North Bay. We were all part of the same school district. Children from those villages’ elementary schools (if they were big enough to have one; if not they just came to Camden) came to Camden for Middle and High School. We were all part of the same extended community.
The point of all this is that Heather and Sydney Arno are my neighbors, even if I’ve never met them personally. Even if I don’t know them, I know someone who knows them. That means that when they have trouble, we all pull together for them. That’s just how small towns work.
Sydney is seven years old, and she’s already been through Hell. And on December 29, she’s going to have surgery to remove portions of her skull and brain tissue to relieve a condition that’s been causing her suffering since the moment she was born. Literally. It seems that the surgery itself is covered, but the family needs so much more. You can read the whole story here. Or you could just go directly here, and donate to the family’s GoFundMe campaign.
Please. When last I checked, they were far short of their goal. Every little bit helps, and if you can’t help with money, please do what you can to boost the signal. Share it on Facebook, reblog this post, whatever you can do. Remember, we’re all neighbors on the Internet.