10 year-old Chester girl wins Donaldson Farms corn maze design contest

MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – Anya LeFrancis, 10, of Chester is Donaldson Farms 2018 corn maze design contest winner.

This Fall season LeFrancis’s inspiring artwork will be incorporated into our nine acre corn maze which will spotlight the importance of ‘Tomorrows Children’s Fund’ (TCF). This non-profit organization is a vital resource that supports so many local families. The organization was founded by a group of committed parents to help their children and others like them with cancer and serious blood disorders.

“It was very difficult for our farm family to select the winning entry – we received so many creative and uplifting drawings,” the Donaldson’s said.

LeFrancis’s design and story very much represented the theme of ‘Brightens Someone’s Day’. The description that accompanied Anya’s entry read: “This is Anya with a sunflower behind her (just like the ones she saw in your field last summer). She is holding the word hope and there is a butterfly. The butterfly was the theme we used during her transplant to symbolize the metamorphosis Anya’s body was undergoing. The H in hope connects to the hand for an early exit.”

Anya was diagnosed with leukemia in kindergarten, and in third grade relapsed. Her only chance of survival was a bone marrow transplant. Miraculously, she received a transplant from an anonymous donor and is doing well today! We’ve learned that her family garnered much support from TCF. We are excited to reconnect the two with this unique and fun project! Stay tuned for the final design coming later in the season.

The Donaldson’s thanked all who entered and the entries will be display in and around their farm market soon.

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