For the past few years, a 9-year-old Bristol girl has asked her birthday party guests to donate to her favorite charities instead of bringing her gifts.
This year, she is helping a victim of the Boston Marathon bombings that is dear to her heart.
Megan Abbott spends her days doing Tae Kwon Do and cheerleading for the Bristol Bulldogs.
Instead of birthday parities, Megan has donation parties. She has previously asked party guests to donate to a women's shelter in Bristol, the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford and the Meriden Humane Society.
For Megan's 10th birthday party, she is supporting a cause very personal to her. She is raising money for her 39-year-old cousin, Heather Abbott.
On April 15, 2013, Heather Abbott was a spectator at Boston Marathon. That day she lost the lower portion of her left leg when the second bomb went off last April.
Heather Abbott was carried to safety a year ago by former New England Patriot Matt Chatham.
She bravely returned to Boylston Street on Monday. She ran herself over the final quarter mile of the course to the finish line. The whole time, she was side by side with a woman, who also played a key role in saving her life last April.
If you'd like to support Megan Abbott and Heather Abbott, go the following Facebook page or search Megan Makes A Difference on Facebook. The Facebook page hopes to raise $5,000 for the cause.
Megan Abbott and her classmates will be holding a fundraiser at her school, Ivy Drive School in Bristol. And this year's beneficiary of the Piece of the Puzzle fundraiser is Heather Abbott.
To learn more about the Ivy Drive School fundraiser in Bristol to support Heather Abbott, email the school principal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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