Many will likely remember the story of little Ola, whose sheer liveliness and spit captivated Ussa Nabulsiyeh's Sara and sparked an online fund raising effort that raised the $18,000 needed for her life-saving surgery in record time.
We got an update from the Palestine Children's Relief Fund's Steve Sosebee this morning. It reads as follows:
"I would like to update you on the status of Ola Abu Jamous from Nur Shams refugee camp in Tulkarem. Because you responded to our appeal to help us cover her expenses to go to Florence, Italy to have a tumor removed from her brain, and then to have radiation therapy for cancer, she has had what doctors there are calling a "miraculous" recovery and will be coming back to Palestine in a week of so.
As you know, we sent this beautiful child there in November with her mother, and sent her father a month later when the tumor was discovered to be cancerous. As you can see from these photos, she is still full of spirit and life, and we thank you for making this possible. I'll let you know when she gets back to Palestine. Thank you Diya Khalil for sending me these photos. I apologize for not getting photos to you sooner, but we had very little support there due to our almost nonexistent contacts in Florence. Thanks again for all of your support and help in saving this beautiful child's life."
I'm wearing a stupid grin this morning...