KURL 8, Spirit of Montana | Laura Kennedy
BILLINGS - Annika Kemp's father Casey watches her play on a sunny Saturday morning.
This energetic five-year-old just graduated from pre-school, excited to start kindergarten in the fall.
These are the best of times for the Kemp family, having seen the worst five years ago.
"She was born ten weeks premature with Dilated cardiomyopathy, that means a valve in her heart didn't work basically," Annika's father Casey Kemp said.
New born Annika landed on the heart transplant waiting list in Denver. Her parents supported by their family, as well as the community.
"Chase Hawks foundation actually gave us a donation just for expenses to get down there," Kemp said.
"We give grants through our community crisis fund to help individuals and families in crisis," Chase Hawks Memorial Association President John Roberts said.
The Kemps had lived in the Denver Ronald McDonald house for four anxious months when they heard the news.
"Called and they said we might have a donor we need you in tomorrow morning at 4:30 am. It was an outpouring of emotion, I couldn't believe it," Kemp said.
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