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Meet Safyre Terry, a beautiful and sparky 8-year-old girl that was subject to a terrible tragedy three years ago.

An arson attack on her house caused Safyre's siblings to die in the fire as well as her father, who died trying to protect the then 5-year-old Safyre. Her father's attempts were not in vain as the world is still blessed with Safyre's vivacious spirit, but the flames did cause burns to cover 75% of her body.

Safyre with  her father before the tragedy.
Safyre with her father before the tragedy.

These days, Safyre is looked after by her aunt and has to undergo various intensive surgeries for her burns. This year, she asked for cards for Christmas.

The response was astounding, with hundreds of Christmas cards pouring in every day. It did not take long for Safyre's Christmas wishes to reach the ears of famous people and celebrities.

'Flawless' diva Beyoncé sent a letter to Safyre along with an incredibly chic 'flawless' t-shirt as well as headband. The singer also included the following message:

To my survivor Safyre! You are such an incredible inspiration. Have a beautiful holiday. God Bless you, Beyoncé

News of Safyre's wish made the journey all the way to the White House. Michelle Obama penned a beautiful letter from her and Barack Obama:

Dear Safyre,

When the President and I heard your story, we wanted to be sure you had a White House holiday card to add to your collection.

You sound like such a brave girl, and you have inspired so many people around the world, including Barack and me. With your kind heart and courageous spirit, we know there is no limit to what you can achieve in your life. So always dream big dreams, and remember that we believe in you.

As you celebrate this holiday season, you have my family's warmest wishes.

Your friend,

Michelle Obama

Autographed picture of the Obamas just for Safyre.
Autographed picture of the Obamas just for Safyre.

'Californian Girls' pop singer Katy Perry had a very nice surprise for Safyre.

Safyre, I heard about your Christmas wish and am so honored that you saved the top of the tree for me! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year. I'll be thinking of you on Christmas day. Special girl, Katy.

Katy also gave Safyre a bundle of yuletide trinkets including a hoodie with attached ears and backpack, a copy of Katy's Pristmatic Tour DVD, an awesome iPhone case that lights up and a kitty cat black purse.

With her purse from Katy and Beyoncé's t-shirt, Safyre is going to turn heads with her Hollywood look.

Other fantastic gifts include a message from Michael Bublé, a trip to Disneyland and a 3D hand from the University of Albany which you can see Safyre using in the video below.

Safyre had a surprise visit today. From students from UAlbany that have been working on a hand for her for months. You should have seen her face when they presented her with the first generation 3D printed hand. Priceless. Saf took to it right away. She even picked up a cup the within a hour of having it. They have to tweek it a bit. But she should have it back in a few days. HOPE FAITH LOVE TO ALL

Posted by Safyre Schenectady's Super Survivor on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The YouCaring campaign that raises money for Safyre's treatment, which is very expensive, is doing incredibly. The initial target was to raise $15,000, but donations have now piled up to be way over the $400,000 mark.

Safyre has such a bright new year and future to look forward to.


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