UPDATE: Help comes for Jamicha

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 05:35 PM.

The family’s story caught the eye of Ethel and Lonnie Woods of Fort Walton Beach. Before noon Thursday, the couple had purchased airline tickets for the mother and daughter and promised to take them to Pensacola International Airport the day of the flight.

“God has blessed us tremendously, so I said, ‘We can do that,’ ” Ethel said. “If you can afford to do it, do it.”

The retired first-grade teacher said the idea of Jamicha not being able to get the surgery “broke my heart,” so they didn’t hesitate to step in.

“It takes a community to raise a child, and this is a giving community,” she said.

In addition to purchasing the plane tickets, Ethel said she will ask her church to see if it can help the family.

Larry and Barbara Fine of Destin also want to help.

“I don’t know them, but I’m sure they’re really suffering, so some happiness and joy will be really good for them,” said Larry, who worked for a program in Alabama called Magic Moments that granted wishes to chronically ill children.

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