Ann’s malaria story


The other day, we got a request from Ann Ashmore Clegg, who wanted to become a monthly donor to the ELCA Malaria Campaign. This is her story:
       ”My father was a United Methodist pastor and when I was three years old, we moved to Aurora, NC, a small town near the coast and also close to marshes and inland waterways.   I contracted malaria when I was three or four years old.
         There were days when I would have high fever and aches and pains and then there were days I was “normal”.  I remember being yellow from taking quinine.  Antibiotics wouldn’t touch the illness, and I was told a few years back by a doctor friend that quinine was still the only thing that would help, not cure, people who have malaria.  I do not know about now.  If you are lucky enough to get rid of malaria, it’s a very gradual process.  I cannot give you a date when I was completely well.
         My mother had a teacher’s certificate, so when I felt like it, she would read to me or teach me how to print, etc.  When I was six, Dad asked to be moved upstate.  It was only one of two times that he asked to be moved.  I was very fortunate to have had the parents I did who knew a lot and were able to do what they could for me when I was sick.  Mother used to say about education that if you were fortunate to have a good education, you need to use that to help others less fortunate.
            I am fortunate to live in the USA where now I never hear of people getting malaria, but I want to do what I can to help those in other countries who are less fortunate.  I wish I could give more, but I am now 80 years old and living on Social Security.  I am happy to share and pray you get enough money to eradicate those mosquitoes that cause malaria as well as the marshes and waterways where they live.
         Thanks to all of you who are trying to fulfill that goal!  God bless you. “
- Ann Ashmore Clegg
Thank YOU, Ann!
- Jessica Nipp
ELCA Malaria Campaign