I’m old enough to remember the 1984 Summer Olympics and how gymnast Mary Lou Retton showed the world what a West Virginia girl trained in Houston could do. Her amazing talent and million dollar smile were on display. After Retton retired from gymnastics, I occasionally saw her on TV. I hadn’t thought about her until a few weeks ago. But this time the picture was completely different.
I read on the news what Retton’s daughter had posted on Instagram: that Retton was hospitalized in Houston with a rare form of pneumonia, fighting for her life and uninsured. Her daughter asked people to pray for Retton and help pay the hospital bill by donating money through a crowdfunding website.