by Michelle Tremblay | photos by Soul of Photography

An Act of Kindness

student_lonswayWhen Anna Lonsway’s neighbor was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome – a genetic disorder that occurs in females and causes physical abnormalities and other health issues such as learning disabilities and poor hearing – she was motivated to do something to help. And so Anna hosted the Turner Syndrome Butterfly Fun Run which ultimately raised $7,000 for the Turner Syndrome Foundation. “Children who have Turner Syndrome need shots to help them grow taller which are expensive and not covered by insurance. The money will go to research or medical expenses for families who need it,” explained Anna. At just 14 years old, this young lady is not only giving back to her community but is helping to make a difference in the world.

Anna resides with her family in Olivenhain and currently attends nearby San Dieguito Academy. “I like my school because everyone there is very kind and accepting,” said Anna. “The kids don’t judge each other and accept everyone for who they are.” At school, Anna enjoys her Health Care Essentials course, which offers students a glimpse into different health care careers.


MEET ANNA

Name: Anna Olivia Lonsway (14)
School: San Dieguito Academy
Grade: 9
Parents: Tom and Karen Lonsway
Siblings: Michael (16) and Nicole (12)
Favorite Local Spots: Dana Rullo Stables, Olivenhain Town Hall, Encinitas Library, Swirls Froyo


Outside of school, Anna is a member of the Young Leaders of Healthcare Club, where she learns about the various medical professions. “I also enjoy 4-H, a club for youth where we learn leadership skills and do fun activities,” noted Anna, who is the community service leader of her club and has planned various community service events. Such events include: volunteering at the Holiday Gift Baskets Program by packaging boxes of food for families in need; pet therapy sessions at local senior centers where pets are brought to the residents for enjoyment and companionship; making valentines for Rady Children’s Hospital; and fruit picking for the San Diego Food Bank. “I am most proud of receiving the Revolution of Responsibility Grant for $1,000, which helped me put on the Turner Syndrome Butterfly Fun Run,” Anna stated of her involvement with the club.student_lonsway2

Inspired by her parents, Anna hopes to have a future career in the medical field. She also plans on continuing to help others through volunteerism. “My family taught me to be considerate of others and look at situations from other people’s perspectives in order to see how they feel,” shared Anna. “You never know what someone is going through and one small act of kindness can change someone’s day, or even their life.”