Meet Sa’fyre Terry:
That is what the five year old looked like when her house was set ablaze by an arsonist (or arsonists.)
She is the sole survivor of the ferocious house fire that ravaged her home in Schenectady, NY during the early morning hours of May 2, 2013, claiming the lives of three of her siblings and her father. (This monstrous crime is still unsolved).
When firefighters found Safyre in what was left of her New York home, she was clutching her father’s chest, who saved her life, but couldn’t protect her from all of the flames.
Sa’fyre suffered complications from severe burns over 75% of her body and both her right hand and left foot had to be amputated.
She was in the hospital until February 19, 2014.
It wasn’t until March of 2014, at age 6, that Safyre’s left foot had to be amputated.
The Albany County Correctional Facility (correctional officers and volunteers who support seriously ill children) shared what Liz Dolder, Sa’fyre’s Aunt and legal guardian told them about the amputation:
Sa’fyre’s left foot will be amputated from below the knee. “Stunned doesn’t begin to express all we we’re feeling hearing this. By the grace of God Sa’fyre was distracted and not understanding what the doctor was explaining to us… Her left foot is not growing properly and it is the same foot that she had toes amputated from previously. Her foot has no range of motion, no movement at all!”
Although Sa’fyre is currently unaware that this procedure will take place soon, her family has been preparing her the best way they can with Sa’fyre stating that she wants a prosthetic foot so that she can run and play with the other kids!
In March of 2015 she was fitted with a prosthetic leg.
Now her community is rallying around the brave little girl to ask for folks across the world to send her Christmas cards to ensure that this year gets a little bit cheerier for Safyre who has already been through so much.
“Safyre lost everything—her father, her mother, her sister, her brothers, her home, her favorite toy, her favorite outfit — everything that was familiar to her,” Liz shared. “She even lost the one thing we all take for granted—her reflection. But she wakes every morning with a smile on her face. She is the true definition of hope, faith and love.”
I think we can do this:
P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady, NY 12306
I hope this little girl is deluged with so many Christmas cards, her auntie has to rent a storage locker to keep them all in.
A crowdfunding donation page has been set up for Safyre, here.
Take it away Sandler and Young: