Rati’s Hope-filled Legacy, Ten Years On
Thursday March 17, 2016 | Abby White, WE C Hope CEO
Fourteen years ago, a beautiful baby girl was welcomed into the world. Her parents named her Gorata, which means “to love” in Setswana, the national language of her homeland, Botswana.
Ten years ago today, precious little “Rati” celebrated her last birthday in this world. She developed eye cancer before she was five months old, and her life was cruelly cut short by lack of early diagnosis and poor access to timely expert care.
Our first photo of Rati. She was not given an artificial eye in Botswana. You can see the cancer growing in her eye socket.
Rati bloomed when she received an artificial eye during treatment in Canada. Her joy for life shines in her smile.