The actions of one - Aria MacDonald

The actions of one

Daily I think of New Zealand and the great country that it is.  And how much it has done for my daughter.  How without it’s great people supporting us she would not have lived.  There’s no way Hamish and I could have paid for her surgeries and covered our living expenses while here in the US.  But because of the great people of NZ and it’s great public health system (yes I did just type that- it’s not perfect but NZers are VERY blessed) Aria lives today.

But of course our hearts sank when we read this.   It is a pretty stink thing to do to take money from a sick child.

Still we can’t let the actions of one overshadow the actions of many- a vast many.  And this isn’t even about just NZers but Americans and Australians and many other people from around the world that have helped and supported us.

We are so thankful to all who have donated to Aria and worked to gather donations.

We are so thankful to the KIDS foundation for supporting our fundraising and running our bank account.

We are so thankful to the Ministry of Health for funding her transplants.

We are so thankful to the two donor families who gifted us their child’s organs.

We are so thankful to our new American friends who have taken us into their hearts and loved us.

We are so thankful for both the Starship and UNMC medical teams who have fought for Aria’s life with their smart thinking.

We are so thankful to the readers of this blog and to the media organisations who have told her story.

And we are thankful to our friends and family who have supported us across the oceans.

SO you see- there simply isn’t space in our hearts for ill feeling towards this one person- it’s it overwhelmed with the kindness of many!

14 Responses to “The actions of one”

  1. Lori Hollingsworth says:

    Wow!!!! I am so sorry to hear this. However, I am willing to bet ….BEAUTY will come from this….10 fold! “What some meant for evil….I meant for GOOD!” I just know the Lord is going to BLESS your socks off! (just look already at the new publicity it has created!) ;)

    Love you guys!!!

  2. Belinda (LF-Aus) says:

    I agree with you Lori :)
    I shared that story on Facebook. I am praying that by doing this that some good will come from people reading it xxx

  3. Kathleen & Anita says:

    We are very familiar with the fact that Jesus is our Redeemer. What perhaps is less talked about is that He can redeem everything. And so we are asking Him to redeem this and bring GOOD out of the evil deed done.
    Jesus our Redeemer we praise and glorify Your Holy Name!

  4. joyce says:

    Wow, how can anyone stoop so low? Well God knows and that is all that is necessary. He has blessed Aria so much and will continue to meet her needs. This person will have to live with what they have done.

  5. Tiffany Keller says:

    That is dispicable, and disgraceful to do that! Some people have no conscience, I guess. Hopefully someday soon, the person who stole the money will get saved! I’m sorry that happened! I am glad that Aria is doing so well! You have a great attitude about this Anita! God Bless!

  6. Kathy _ Rotorua says:

    That is disgusting i was so shocked in reading this i can’t believe someone could do this,i am stirring up inside, but we should just focus on the well being of Aria.

  7. Rosie says:

    Well said, Aria. Anger only erodes our spirit.
    It is great to read how well Aria is doing – and yesterday when I was cold and tired after sitting in the cold selling chicken poo by the side of the road for charity (I am a Rotarian), I read ALL your entries from day one right up until today! What a story – will you publish it when Aria is well, and all grown up?

  8. Lisa Robertson says:

    That is really sad guys, but as always the way in which you choose to respond to situations as you do is most inspiring xxx

  9. Rochelle says:

    I saw the story on Stuff & my heart sank but then I came in here & read your words & am left feeling humbled with the way you put your feelings into words. So many blessings & so much to be thankful for.

  10. Rosie says:

    True forviveness includes acknowledging that the person whom we feel has sinned against us may have issues going on in their life that we know nothing about, and may not understand. To forgive unconditionally is to accept that, and not to wonder why they did it. Just as we love our children unconditionally, whatever they do, we should (I believe), forgive unconditionally those whom we feel have sinned against us. However,it is not always easy as I know from experience – but to forgive is to release yourself from bitterness, anger and stress.

  11. Rosie says:

    Whoops! The above spelling needs to be forgiven!

  12. Linley and Bill says:

    We are so pleased to see the progress Aria continues to make.Yes we agree, we are very lucky indeed to have such good medical care here in ZL land.Don’t dispare over the loss of donations from the “tin”, there will more donations to come.

  13. Samantha Sutherland says:

    I am shocked and sad to hear about this theft, but you are so right – there is so much to be grateful and thankful for. I know we are really blessed to have such a great FREE public health care system here in New Zealand and many kind and generous people both here and around the world who are so willing to support families and children who need assistance. As always you show such grace in your attitude.

  14. Aquene Cairns says:

    I realise that you probably have no control over it, but the ad on the right of this page is the most sexist advertisement I have ever seen

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