I’m old enough to remember the 1984 Summer Olympics and how gymnast Mary Lou Retton showed the world what a girl from West Virginia and trained in Houston could do. Ta. Her incredible talent and her million dollar smile were on full display. After Retton retired from her competitive gymnastics career, I started watching her on TV from time to time. I didn’t even think about her until a few weeks ago. However, this time the image was very different.
I read on the news what Retton’s daughter posted on Instagram. Retton was hospitalized in Houston with a rare type of pneumonia, fighting for his life, and was uninsured. Her daughter asked people to pray for Retton and donate money through her crowdfunding website to help pay for her hospital bills.