A story about a girl with a horse, a boy with cancer and a bit of hope that middle school can be about more than bullying and zits.
After learning that the son of her mother’s coworker had cancer, 12-year-old Paula Tovar was frustrated. She felt powerless–just as she had during her grandfather’s recent illness. But what could a kid with no money do? The seventh-grader decided to give the boy, whom she’d never met, her horse.
Tovar and her mother will raffle off her six-month-old filly, Oreo, on Dec. 15 and donate the proceeds to help the family of Stetson Little Light. Stetson has stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He and his family left their Montana home and are staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Denver so Stetson can receive treatment, according to the Billings Gazette. The mothers work together at the Crow Tribal Court.
“It just felt kinda sad not to be able to do anything,” Paula told the Gazette, “I decided I should help.”
“That little girl giving her horse to someone she doesn’t know, it means so much,” said Stetson’s mother, Susie.
Paula told the paper she’s glad to help the family. “If Oreo is a miracle (to Stetson), he can have that miracle,” she said.
The family is selling raffle tickets at First Interstate Bank in Hardin, Montana. For information, call 406- 638-7400.
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