Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 22, 2013

Just wants to be a princess

Make A Wish foundation grants Disney World trip for 6-year-old girl

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — Jasie Weber, 6, of Athens was born into this world on March 16, 2007 with a coarctation of the Aorta. In layman’s terms, the aorta in her heart was pinched together.  Other complications at birth included  two holes in her heart. Since birth, Jasie has undergone four life-saving surgeries. Little Jasie might have died if her defect was not caught  at an early stage.

Mandie Weber, Jasie’s mother, said, “One in a hundred children are born with this heart defect.” 

Between ETMC Athens, Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas and Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, Jasie has spent most of her young years being treated for the heart defect she was born with.  With her most recent surgery this month, her mother says she is still a beautiful, happy and smiling child.

Jasie has been on heart medication since birth. Mandie said she hopes that with this latest surgery, she may not have to take the medication.

Loan McDuffie, also known as the Heart Fairy, said she met the Weber family when Jasie was in Medical City Childrens Hospital.

“I can't say enough about this family,” McDuffie said. “They are very giving, never asking for anything for themselves, always helping other families and children.”

For that reason McDuffie nominated  and got granted a Make A Wish for Jasie.

Jasie's wish was to be a princess. What better place to experience being a princess than Disney World in Florida. Jasie has been granted a 6-day stay as a princess at Disney World. The family leaves in August.

 Jasie's mother said, “She is so excited. This is something past her surgery to look forward to, She can't wait.”

But there is more. McDuffie said she wanted to give Jasie a send off.  She contacted the Railway Cafe in Athens to plan a Princess Party for Jasie. Her idea was to plan and pay for the send-off party for Jasie, since it was not part of the Make A Wish. 

DeAnn Boswell of Railway Cafe would have none of it. On Saturday, Aug. 3, the Railway Cafe will host a  Little Princess send-off party for Jasie. 

McDuffie, with excitement, said, “You have a great community in Athens. DeAnn insisted the Railway Cafe would cover the cost of the party.”

She said everything she had planned for little Jasie has been donated by someone in the Athens community.

Mandie, who has a full-time job as an instructor at Trinity Valley Community College, spends her free time delivering Teddy bears and leg warmers to the three hospitals that have taken care of her child. In addition to the bears and leg warmers, Weber has hosted basketball fundraisers at the college.

The Heart Fairy said,  “Mandie always supports other children with heart problems. We're just glad the Make A Wish Foundation can do something for her child.”