"[Hallie] had a very short life," says her father Ted. "But she had a great life and it's still going on in a lot of ways." Hallie's parents are reminded of their daughter's compassionate soul and desire to help other children through the hundreds of stories, poems and journals of "Fierce Wonderings"—her thoughts that she left behind.
To Do Something Special by Hallie
I want to do something special this year, or even 20 years from now. I want to stand out sometime. That may be the reason I've decided to become a doctor when I'm grown. Most kids think that's stupid, even you may thinking that too as you read this. But I want to help. Anything! I can help clean up my neighborhood, wash away mean words written on walls, so no one has to be reminded of the hate that lingers in this world. I'm getting off point. Anyway, I want to help the class community, or help raise money for starving people. I want to become more active in peacemaking, and helping people make the right choices. I want to help save endangered species. I want to discover the cure for cancer, and save lives. I just hope I get the chance.
© Sofia and Ted Geier
During the last year of her life, Hallie was saving her lunch money specifically for children affected by AIDS in sub–Saharan Africa. With the saved lunch money they found in Hallie's drawer, along with contributions to their foundation, Ted and Sofia donated $10,000 to Oprah's Angel Network. "That would have made Hallie so happy," Sofia says. "In fact, it is making her happy. I know it is."