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Holiday Cheer But Still No Justice For Burn/Arson Victim Safyre Terry

(SL)- Before you start complaining about what you don’t have or what you wish you had or what kind of day you’re having think about 8-year old Safyre Terry.  The little girl who lost her father and three siblings in an arson fire 2 years ago.  Safyre suffered burns to 75% of her body which left her disfigured and without a hand and a foot, but she won’t complain.

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Safyre Terry was severely burned in a fire that claimed the lives of her father and 3 siblings.

When she was asked by her aunt Liz Dolder what she wanted for Christmas her only wish was to fill her card tree. Dolder posted the request on FB and it went viral. Here Safyre  thought she would only received about 20 cards and now…a million plus later she’s overjoyed.  Terry even received a card from the First Family of The United States and a whole lot more including  a trip to Disney World, thousands of gifts, and more than $338,000 in donations.

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Safyre before the blaze.

Her story is one indeed of bravery and perseverance.  In a video posted Tuesday on a Facebook page chronicling her long recovery  Safyre triumphantly lifts a cup with a 3D-printed prosthetic hand made for her by students at the University at Albany. Dolder asks, “Who can do it?” and Safyre shouts, “I can!”

It’s a frequent call and response between Dolder and her niece, who shows no trace of self-consciousness about her scars and tracheal tube as she greets well-wishers at holiday events organized by police and motorcycle clubs in her honor.

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The little girl had one Christmas Wish….cards.

Dolder, a stay-at-home mom who cares for Safyre, as well as her own 8-year-old twins, said more than a million cards and thousands of packages have arrived at the family’s home on a rural road 15 miles west of Albany.

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Safyre has received over a million cards from all over the world including China and France.

Background Story

The Times Union covered the story for awhile. It appears that baby girl was injured in a fire that was allegedly set by Edward Leon who was upset with Safyre’s father David Terry ( who died trying to save his children from the blaze) because Terry was dating his ex-girlfriend who didn’t help matters when she admitted that she was sleeping after taking LSD the night of the fire.

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