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A Little Place To Heal

Tracy Kujawa (Story)

As I drove the last couple of miles on my way to meet Tracy, through winding, back country-roads, I could feel the stress of the day melt away. It was so peaceful. I could see why this place was so healing. Although Tracy looked right at home, her path to this magical place was rocky. Tracy grew up in the country, and her parents were hardworking farmers. In her twenties she worked as a wardrobe stylist for country music stars, but her mother's terminal cancer diagnosis drew her back to the farm. While spending time at her mother’s bedside, Tracy received the shocking news that she, too, had cancer. Eventually, she lost her mother, father and many other close family members to the disease, and she battled it herself a staggering four times. Through her suffering and despair, she always turned to her horses for help and comfort. One night, Tracy had a powerful dream about bald-headed children riding horses. It was a dream she couldn't shake. So she founded Angel Heart Farm -- a place for chronically and terminally ill children and their families to escape the sterile confines of a hospital room, and experience some joy through horses and nature. At no cost to the families, the farm is a place for kids to just be kids. Tracy may not be curing any illnesses, but she sure is making a big difference in the lives of these sweet little children.

Photo. Montgomery Lee Photography / Angel Heart Farm Blog; Photo. angelheartfarm.net; Photo, Tracy Kujawa. Tess Maune / News On 6 KOTV


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