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J.K. Rowling reaches out to teen shooting survivor

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Can J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, author of The Casual Vacancy, and the writer behind Robert Galbraith get any more amazing?

Today it was reported that J.K. Rowling sent a handwritten letter to Texas shooting survivor Cassidy Stay. In July, the 15 year old Cassidy Stay survived a shooting which killed her parents and her four siblings. Stay, who was struck in the finger by a bullet that then grazed her skull, played dead until the killer left her home. Once he was gone, she called the police to alert them the murderer was on his way to kill her grandparents.

At the memorial service for her family, Cassidy Stay quoted Hogworth’s Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, reading, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Ms. Stay’s bravery and words struck a chord and an internet campaign was begun in hopes of convincing Rowling to meet with Ms. Stay. The campaign worked.

The author of the Harry Potter books sent the teen a letter handwritten in purple ink, in the voice of Headmaster Dumbledore. Rowling also included an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, a list of school supplies, a wand and an autograph. Also enclosed was a signed copy of “The Prisoner of Azkaban,” the book from which Cassidy quoted.

Those behind the internet campaign are justifiably thrilled with the result of their efforts. So far they've raised over $300,000 for Cassidy Stay and reached one of the world's most famous authors. Stay lost part of her finger in the incident and is recovering.

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