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Special deliveries: Cards would ease loneliness of Dixon girl's first birthday without grandma

DIXON – Analeisa Comer, turns 12 a week from Wednesday, and she’s worried no one will remember.

That’s because Ani lost her best buddy, her grandmother Johnna Comer, 65, of Sterling, to breast cancer on July 17.

“My mom was Analeisa’s biggest fan. They had a special bond, and Analeisa knew that her grandmother would be there for her,” mom Marcia Comer said.

Now, “she just says she thinks everyone is going to forget about her birthday. Analeisa just wants to receive something with her name on it in the mail. Her whole face lights up.”

The Reagan Middle School sixth-grader has had many challenges in her short life, including dealing with her autism.

“Autism is considered a disability, but I wish people would look at the abilities instead,” Marcia said. “It’s an adventure, and Analeisa is the best tour guide.”

Ani, who has a sister, Aubrianar, 14, loves wearing headbands and bandanas, riding her bike, and playing games, and she’s a talented artist. “She loves to tell jokes and she remembers everything,” Marcia said.

She also loves giraffes – they remind her of her grandmother, Marcia said.

“She said they have long necks and tall heads, so they can see everything that is going on.”

Those who want to help make her day extra special can send cards to Analeisa Comer, c/o Marcia Comer, 1001 Carondelet Ave., Dixon, IL 61021.

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