By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -
Heidi Burke is a quadrilateral congenital amputee. The 9-year-old Shawnee girl was born without parts of her arms and legs.
Nearly every year, her family attends the International Child Amputee Network convention. This year's event starts July 17 in Baltimore. They have been going since Heidi was 3 months old.
"The way they just open their arms or knees or whatever, and accepted us. I can't even describe how wonderful it was. Just to spend a weekend with people who knew and had been there and told us we were going to be OK," Heidi's mother, Dawn Burke, said.
Heidi is raising money so her friend, Ellie, also a quadrilateral amputee from England, can meet and play with other children like her at the convention.
With the help from area donors, her family has used the $9,000 to purchase airline tickets to bring Ellie and her family to Baltimore on July 17 for the convention.
"I've made friends there. I'm finally taller than a few people there. It's great to see my friends and play games and have new ideas to so new things," Heidi said.
Heidi said she has learned so much from fellow amputees about how to live life to the fullest. She wants to share that with Ellie.
"Very comforting. Sometimes, I'll ask if I can't stand one thing, I'll ask what do you do and they'll give me a solution," Heidi said.
Even though the family has reached their goal, they are still taking donations. Click here if you'd like to donate and put in the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
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