CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - "The beach is one of Anna's favorite places to be. The bigger the waves, the bigger her smile."
What a great update from Anna Elder's mom, Crystal, and hearing how her little fighter isn't letting circumstances keep her from enjoying sun and sand.
5-year-old Anna from Catawba County has Rett Syndrome, a genetic neurological disorder that can cause severe developmental delays in coordination and speech, as well as seizures. We first met her back in 2016.
Her mom wrote from vacation at North Myrtle Beach to say that Anna has made a lot of progress since then.
She now has a gastronomical tube, which helps with her medication and other nutritional needs. She also hasn't had a seizure in six months.
Also, Anna was given a Tobii Dynovox, a type of computer that can track her eye movements to generate speech.
"We have learned that she can identify some animals, colors, and make limited choices of things she wants with the help of this device," says Crystal.
Perhaps above all, Anna's family is grateful to the people who have helped make all her success possible.
"We have been so very blessed with great friends and family that help us care for her," Crystal said. "It's a great feeling to be able to tell you, 'She's doing great!'"
YOU are the ray of sunshine, Anna. Enjoy the rest of vacation.
**Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there, which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.**