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Ryan and his cousin count money from a fundraiser. Ryan and his cousin count money from a fundraiser.

Twelve-year-old Ryan Bell from Wallingford, Conn., knows a thing or two about transformation. Because of Treacher Collins Syndrome, a cranio-facial disorder that affects the bone and soft tissue formation of the face, he has endured 37 surgeries, the latest of which was to remove a tracheotomy, which had helped him breathe. Ryan's ongoing physical transformation, combined with his love for animals and desire to help others, which he shares with his sister Meghan, inspired the siblings to work hard to raise $25,000, also known as a "Gift of Transformation," for Heifer International. Ryan and Meghan surpassed their goal and have no plans of stopping. Next stop: $50,000.


Help Ryan and Meghan make it to $50,000.



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Erin Snow

Erin Snow joined Heifer International in 2007 after earning a degree in Mass Communication from UALR. She lives in Little Rock with her husband and daughter. Passionate about cultivating positive and healthy relationships with her family, friends and the planet, Erin enjoys yoga, meditation, music, creative writing and travel.