A 7-year-old Finley girl with a degenerative hip condition faces another surgery.
Anne Hardin will head to Florida in October for a pelvic osteotomy, aimed at repairing her hip socket.
The little girl has been experiencing pain, and her family hopes the surgery will help.
Anne has Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, which affects one in 5,000 children and can lead to problems including limited motion and arthritis.
It involves the loss of blood supply to the rounded head of the femur, causing all or part of that section of the bone to die. Doctors aren't sure what causes the condition.
The Herald featured Anne last summer, not long after she traveled to Florida for a different surgery.
She's being treated by Dr. Dror Paley, a leading physician treating Perthes. The previous surgery involved drilling a hole into the head of Anne's femur so blood vessels could grow.
Anne's parents are Justin and Katy Hardin. The 7-year-old has three younger siblings.
The family has medical insurance but it doesn't cover all the costs, including travel.
An account is set up at Banner Bank, and donation jars are set up at Ranch & Home in Kennewick and the Les Schwab Tire Center on West Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick.
The family also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/annesjourney.
Perthes isn't the only medical challenge Anne has faced. She also was diagnosed with an eye condition called nystagmus, which involves involuntary eye movements, her mother said.
Anne recently saw a specialist and will have glasses and vision therapy for now.
It hasn't been an easy couple of years, but "(Anne) holds it together so well," Katy Hardin said.
She added that it's been difficult for the family to ask for financial help, but they are grateful.