RAYNHAM, Mass. — The fact that Lily Moreira is back competing in competitive gymnastics is remarkable.
“I had two fractured shoulders, fractured skull and I had burns all over my back,” she said.
The 13-year-old, who is going into 8th grade at Raynham Middle School, was struck by a vehicle while sunbathing in her driveway in May of 2020. Her injuries were so severe, she was flown by medical helicopter to Boston Children’s Hospital. Lily spent 12 days there, including 5 in the ICU. Her mother, Helena Moreira, said Lily spent months rehabbing.
“In all her pictures throughout her recovery you can see her smiling knowing, that I don’t even know how, she smiled through all of that. She’s a pretty tough and remarkable child,” she said.
For her community service project for the National Honor Society at Raynham Middle School, Lily started a fundraiser called, Lily’s Operation Joy Drop. She’s raising money to buy much needed items, like toys and games, for kids who are undergoing treatment at Boston Children’s. Lily said she knows how difficult and lonely it can be to be in the hospital away from your family and friends.
“A lot of times it’s boring in a hospital by experience and I just want to bring smiles and joy to their face,” she said.
Lily is spreading joy and is back doing what she loves best, competing in gymnastics.
Donations in any amount can be made via:check (made payable to Lily Moreira).
Veterans BrotherhoodPO Box 722Raynham Ctr, MA 02767Attention Lily Moreira
Venmo @Lily-Moreira 4701
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