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Former Mayfield teen stays positive while waiting for new heart

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A former Mayfield girl, just days away from her 14th birthday, is still waiting to get a new heart.  

It's been nearly 536 days since Anna King was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, but she refuses to give up the fight. 

When Anna was just 12 years old, she was full of energy, but she started to notice she was getting tired and feeling weak.  That's when doctors discovered she had a rare form of heart failure. 

"I'm going to tell you a story that you won't believe, but I got some bad news last Friday evening," she says.

When Anna King received some of the worst news a kid could get, she did what many of us couldn't.  Stay positive.

"For somebody who's 13 years old, to not know how long she has to live, she's waiting on a heart transplant.  I think that just gives me and everybody else the inspiration to keep moving forward," says her uncle Dayton King, mayor of Gloversville.

He says Anna's diagnoses devastated the family.  

"My wife and I laid in bed for the rest of the day and cried about it."

But the community has rallied to support her with fundraisers, lemonade stands, and area stores are selling buttons, bracelets, and t-shirts.

"Every dollar really helps that family put food on the table," he says.

There's even a website, The Anna King Project.

"When you talk about the support, even strangers have been supporting me.  it's not just my family and friends and people that I've known for years, but its people that don't even know me, they just know my face from my website, so it's been really cool," says Anna.

Now, just days from her 14th birthday, Anna is more determined than ever.

Anna and her family moved to Texas for special care, and she is next in line for a new heart at the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston Texas. 

If you'd like to support the King family financially, you may click here, or in light of Anna's upcoming birthday, mail birthday card and $1 to:

Anna King
2 Gilmore Grove Place
The Woodlands, TX 77382

Angel pins are on sale for $3 at the Vintage Cafe and Railside Cafe in Johnstown; the Gloversville Sewing Center, Bona Liquor, and Post Net in Gloversville; Deb Hannis's Hair Peace and Teddi Knapp's Shop and Core Fit in Mayfield; and Adirondack Country Store in Northville. The pins will be available until Christmas, when the family will be presented with the proceeds.

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