FOUNTAIN GREEN, Sanpete County — A Fountain Green girl who captured the hearts of people around the world in 2014 for a campaign to get her a “lifetime of Christmas cards” has died.
Addie Fausett, 7, passed away at 3:21 a.m. Friday at home with her family.
The terminally ill girl stopped growing at age 3. Numerous visits to specialists didn’t give a cause of her cerebral atrophy for many years.
In late 2014, doctors told the family she would likely not survive another year. With the prospect of Addie’s last Christmas, her grandparents thought it would be nice for her to receive a lifetime of Christmas cards. That year, the community and people from all around the world sent her more than 300,000 Christmas cards, letters and even gifts.
Cards and gifts weren’t the only things the community did to help Addie celebrate Christmas. Fountain Green held its first Christmas parade, organized especially for Addie.
Nearly a year after receiving the terminal diagnosis, Addie was as happy as ever, her family said. She was able to celebrate her seventh birthday last September.
On her birthday, doctors in Boston told the family Addie may have a genetic mitochondrial disease, but more tests were needed to better understand her condition. But there was no cure for the disease.
“Thank you for your continued prayers as we say farewell to our princess,” a family statement posted to the “Little Addie” Facebook page reads.