Fredericksberg | Edie Gross
Henrietta Propps needs a new heart, and 8-year-old Alexa Kincaid has a rather large one.
So Alexa, a third-grader at Battlefield Elementary School in Spotsylvania, is doing her very best to help Propps—a woman she’s never even met.
It all started with a homework assignment in Alexa’s SCOPE, or gifted, class. The students had learned about the importance of making a difference in their communities and then were tasked with doing just that with their families.
Alexa knew she wanted to raise money for a good cause, but there are so many that choosing one was a challenge.
A soccer player, Alexa originally thought she might support a sports-related cause.
She also kicked around the idea of doing something for children with special needs.
Then on April 8, she came across a story in The Free Lance–Star about Propps, a Spotsylvania mother and grandmother who needs a lifesaving heart transplant.
The only thing keeping her off the transplant waiting list right now is a lack of funds. Propps needs to have at least $12,000 set aside to pay for anti-rejection drugs before she’s eligible.
“I thought it was sad that she couldn’t be put on the list to get a transplant,” said Alexa, the youngest child of Violet and Aaron Kincaid.
“We happened to read the story, and we looked at each other and said, ‘This is what we’re doing,’” said Alexa’s mom.