Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

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August 27, 2013

Young gymnast longs to be U.S. citizen

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Deanna and Madina live in Brownsburg. To save on gas funds, Deanna either stays at the gym or gets help with rides from other family friends.

Deanna said she just knows her daughter survived for a reason. She is desperate for help with getting citizenship for her daughter so they can get the medical attention she needs.

“I’ve been to a few attorneys,” she said. “They think they can help so you give them your money as a retainer. Then nothing seems to happen. There has to be someone out there who can help.”

Madina loves church, gymnastics, her friends, and of course her mother.

She recently entered a writing competition at the Hendricks County Flyer prior to Mother’s Day. And she won.

Her entry started, “My mom I very special because she adopted me. She had to travel a long way all by herself and that had to be scary … I have had a lot of operations and my mom never left my side … she takes me to church every Sunday so I can learn about God. I know the best gift I could give her is to give my heart to God.”

She entered the contest without her mother’s knowledge, asking a friend to bring her to the Flyer’s office to drop off her letter.

Her letter went on to say, “She sits night after night at gymnastics practice and rarely complains. She’s my biggest cheerleader … she always finds time for me after a very hard day of work.”

And even though gymnastics is her passion, Madina said, “What I want more than anything is to be an American citizen.”

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