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Published September 11, 2012, 09:53 PM

March of Dimes honors a little girl from Valley City

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) -- A charming, bright eyed Valley City girl will be an honored guest later this week at the March of Dimes "Black Bib Affair" fundraiser here in Fargo.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) -- A charming, bright eyed Valley City girl will be an honored guest later this week at the March of Dimes "Black Bib Affair" fundraiser here in Fargo.

15-month old Anna Shirley has quite the story to share. Born early and with a heart defect, she proves today's medical technology can mean all the difference in a young life.

At 15-Months, little Anna Shirley is all about chatter, clatter and the pitter patter of little feet. And did we tell you, her parents are just a little proud and starstruck with their little miracle.

Steven Shirley/Anna's Dad: "Incredibly resilient strong little girl and she has proven that to the world and us in 15-months."

It was a rough start for Anna. Her father, Valley City State president Steve Shirley, and his wife Jennifer, welcomed little Anna early into the world. At a pound and a half, and with a heart defect, she had a challenge right off the bat.

To think how tiny she was.

A life saving surgery, surviving odds, that not that long ago, would have been so against her.

Jennifer Shirley/Anna's Mom: "And to think even 20 years ago, she would not have made it."

Anna, along with her family, will be honored Thursday night at a tasty Black Bib Affair at the Ramada Inn, an effort to bring awareness to March of Dimes, the work the charity does for babies and new moms , and the effort to make our state, one that is home to healthy newborns, who grow up to entertain like Anna.

Says a lot about the human spirit and the tough little girl and health care and puts it in perspective.

That Black Bib Affair-Signature Chef's Auction is set for this Thursday night at the Ramada beginning at 6:00. Chefs from around the area with all their tasty dishes, along with silent and live auction will be there.

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