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Amina...Supergirl!
Supergirl Amina
Supergirl Amina
Amina...Supergirl!

Daughter. Sister. Cousin. Friend. Student. Gymnast. Dancer. Competitor. Performer. Athlete. Fighter. Cancer Survivor… Supergirl! My daughter, Amina, is all of these things and more, and at just eight years old, she is truly inspiring! She shows us every day the way to persevere, to overcome obstacles, and to live in the present with joy and optimism. To me, she is amazing because she can get up on stage and perform her dance routines at a recital, compete in the all-around at her gymnastics competitions, and even ran the 300 meter race last summer – running – not walking - the entire race! After a recent dance performance in front of hundreds of people, she got off the stage and said to me with a huge smile, “I did it!” Amina’s motivation, determination, strength, and resilience have enabled her to thrive, not letting her disability or cancer hold her back. At the age of three, Amina was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). On May 27, 2008, she began what would be a 25 month – two years and one month – cancer journey. During the next two years, she fought for her life – enduring an intensive and prolonged chemotherapy protocol. She had multiple surgeries, blood transfusions, and near daily chemo infusions and medications. She was immune suppressed, leaving her to be very isolated from her friends and classmates. She missed an entire year of school, returning to the classroom the second year whenever possible. But throughout her treatment, Amina persevered – her desire to play, hear music, dance, and keep up with her brothers, kept her progressing and gaining. Throughout it all, she kept her fantastic sense of humor, laughing and giggling, looking adorable in the hats that covered her bald head. And her journey brought our family so many silver linings like our Make-A-Wish Disney trip, Camp Sunshine experience, our meaningful participation as “Amina’s Crew” in the Jimmy Fund Walk, and the support and kindness given to us by others. Amina was an Honored Hero for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a Pedal Partner for the Pan Mass Challenge, providing inspiration and motivation with her joyful spirit. On June 28, 2010, when she was six, she had her final dose of chemo, at last able to reclaim her childhood. Today, Amina is eight years old, is cancer free, and has many friends and an amazing team who support her. She goes to dance and gymnastics classes with typical kids, performing and competing. And as a new venture, she will be competing in her first Special Olympics at the Summer Games. We count our blessings as we watch her do beautiful cartwheels across the mat, perform a challenging dance sequence on stage, and read 149/150 sight words on a reading test. We see her run on the playground with friends, holding her beloved Barbies, her now long brown hair blowing in the wind, and we remember how lucky we are that she is a fighter, a survivor, a precious gift... our Supergirl!




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jennifer kummel, United States, NH
7/25/2013 9:43:18 PM
U r amazing!!! :-)

Alison Wormald, United Kingdom,
7/23/2013 10:58:21 AM
A wonderfully inspiring little girl fom a very loving and supportive family.

Lauren Lockwood, United States, PA
7/23/2013 10:09:52 AM
Wow! What an amazing little girl!

Danielle De Jong, Canada,
7/23/2013 12:47:18 AM
This story is absolutely amazing! I was teary eyed as I read the whole thing! :) Amina is an angel sent to teach us all to be strong and positive. Thank you for sharing. Myself, I have a beautiful nine month old baby girl whom also has down syndrome. Earlier today I was feeling a bit upset about what may be in store for her future... but everytime I get a bit down I come across a beautiful, inspiring story like this one of Amina... so thank you... you made my day. :)

Poonam Singhal, India,
7/23/2013 12:09:31 AM
A standing ovation for Dear Amina.She is an inspiration not just to us parents who have kids with the extra bit but to the whole world.How we crib over pity issues and here comes an angel who lives life with the right attitude that God wanted us to learn. BLESS YOU AND LOVE YOU AMINA HATS OFF TO THE PARENTS Please keep us posted about more achievements and Amina's success.

Deepa, India,
7/22/2013 10:30:15 PM
Great post...I too have a daughter with an extra chromosome and can understand how proud you feel for your brilliant angel...thanks or sharing her story..it's very inspiring..

Marilyn Dorn, United States, AZ
7/22/2013 7:21:53 PM
fANTASTIC!

Mike McCormick, Canada,
7/22/2013 5:50:37 PM
My comment is I love all children with Down Syndrome. The more I see each one succeed it inspires me to know my son too will achieve great things in his life.

Thomas Peters, United Kingdom,
7/22/2013 4:17:41 PM
hello, its great to read such a little ball of energy's story. I saw a few kids with leukaemia as a kid and it was heart breaking maybe few survived. It's a blessing.

Marilyn Shriver, United States, NH
7/22/2013 3:10:37 PM
Go, Amina!

Teresa Ba, United States, TN
7/22/2013 3:09:24 PM
Such an inspiring story....keep on going, Amina, you are a STAR!!

Christina, United States, NJ
7/22/2013 2:21:29 PM
Amina- You are a bright and beautiful girl. You'll always be an inspiration.

Therese Belanger Ardron, Canada,
7/22/2013 2:18:04 PM
Amina , you REALLY are an inspiration and teacher of many life lessons , just by being who you are !

Allyson Loretz, United States, NY
7/22/2013 12:22:00 PM
Amina is so inspiring! You go, girl!

Allyson Loretz., United States, NY
7/22/2013 12:20:39 PM
Amina is so inspiring! You go, girl!

Kim Folia, United States, NH
3/6/2013 3:56:00 PM
Amina, you are truly amazing and hats off to your amazing mom and family for supporting you and giving you what you needed to persevere. You are a symbol of strength, courage and optimism for us all. We are so blessed to have met you and your family. <3 you Supergirl!! ~ Kim & Gracie

Arthur Gillis, United States, MA
3/2/2013 1:40:04 PM
Amina is as lovable as she is inspiring. Being part of her journey all through her young life has been a privileged experience for her family. Her story is well worth recognition.

Hildegarde Gillis, United States, MA
3/1/2013 7:19:18 AM
Amina is a superhero and an inspiration for us all.

Jane Gillis, United States, MA
2/28/2013 6:51:19 PM
Amina has always had great perseverance and courage and has been encouraged by her family to tackle whatever life offered. She, and her family, survived two years of cancer and now she is able to thrive and grow in academics and athletics. Way to go, Amina!

Said, Morocco,
2/26/2013 2:10:55 PM
We all learn from you brave Amina

Khadija Douass, France,
2/26/2013 12:24:13 PM
Tu es courageuse et sportive. Continue tu es sur la bonne voie !

Inès Douass, France,
2/26/2013 8:02:32 AM
U're so Inspirational Amina ! Always keep smiling and dancing <3

Nouf Elfayez, Jordan,
2/26/2013 6:14:28 AM
Inspiration always comes from little angels like you

Mohammed Gabriel Joseph DALAH, Germany,
2/26/2013 5:01:38 AM
All the best my dear.A smiling angel and an inspiration to all of us

Maya Dalah, Germany,
2/25/2013 11:34:31 PM
<3

Lee Ann McCarthy, United States, NH
2/25/2013 11:04:20 PM
I have seen this little girl grow from being a shy little thing to fearless. She has overcome so much, with a smile on her face. Amina is a supergirl, as she has shown that she can do anything she puts her mind to!!

linda adoniou, United States, MA
2/25/2013 6:43:33 PM
Goooooooo Amina!!!!!

Rosemary Morley, Ireland,
2/25/2013 3:58:17 PM
We have loved Amina from the minute she was born! She is our special inspirational friend! Amina is truly a,"Super Girl", and when you meet her family, you will see just how super they are too! Amina is blessed with a Mom and Dad and brothers who would do anything they can to give her the opportunity and encouragement to reach her full potential. Please kindly consider Jeannie's beautiful story to be the winner of this competition. Thank you.

Suzanne Myers, United States, NV
2/25/2013 11:36:14 AM
Amina is a true super girl! She's got the power to do anything!

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