Watch this and try NOT to get into the Christmas/holiday spirit!
What is Osteogenesis Imperfecta?
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI, also known as Brittle Bone Disease) is a group of rare genetic disorders that are characterized by bones that easily break, often from little or no apparent cause. OI can range from mild to severe, and the symptoms vary from person to person. There are four main types of OI:
- OI Type I: most common and mildest form; characterized by multiple bone fractures and a bluish discoloration of the whites of the eyes
- OI Type II: most severe form; characterized by life-threatening complications at birth with numerous fractures, malformed bones, underdeveloped lungs, and fragile skin
- OI Type III: characterized by some symptoms of OI Type I and some symptoms of OI Type II
- OI Type IV: characterized by fragile bones, short stature, scoliosis, and a triangular facial appearance
The lights display has become such an Olive Branch, Mississippi staple that it even has a name: Bella’s lights, named after 9-year-old Bella Parker who lives with OI.
“Her bones are just really soft. Anyone with this condition suffers from an enormous number of bone fractures from ribs to legs to arms. Really any bone in her body is subjected to break,” said Bella’s father, Bill Parker.
The lights belong to Bill Coopwood, who has set up a donation box near the display for Bella and her friend Lali Scott, who also suffers from OI. The money raised helps to fund any hospital or treatment bills that arise for these young ladies.
“It gives families quality time to come out here and sit as a family and enjoy Christmas and what Christmas really means and what Christmas is about,” explained Bill.
Going on for nearly 10 years, Bill has organized the light display for this great cause because he feels it his human – and divine – duty.
“Because of our faith, we’ve always been a family who helps people. It’s just part of giving back to what God has blessed us with,” said Bill.
The show is synchronized with holiday music through a software setup.
Bella’s Lights run through January 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.