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BODEY for the Mendez family — VA

Edgar and Rachael Mendez met and fell in love at work when they both worked for the same Pest Control Company. Rachael was an insect specialist and Edgar was the Branch Service Manager. Their shared love of insects is what bonded them and allowed them to spend a lot of time together on problem accounts. Two years later, in July of 2009, the priest that married them told their friends and family he had never before had anyone fall in love because of bugs! Theirs is a happy marriage filled with similar values and a desire to build a family despite their cultural differences.

It was not until three years later, that Rachael found out she was pregnant. On Valentine’s Day, Rachael went into early labor and delivered a 2- pound baby boy. Although he was tiny and fragile and stayed in the hospital for 105 days, there was a fighting spirit in him, and he soon became the center of the universe for the Mendez Family. Two weeks after his birth, this tiny boy was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. So, Edgar and Rachael immediately started reading and preparing for how to bring home a special needs micro-preemie. Now six years old, Nicholas loves Mickey Mouse, horseback riding, swimming and basketball, and with a lot of extra tutoring is very advanced with reading. And what a personality!

But Edgar and Rachael knew in their hearts that their family was not complete. After two miscarriages, one of which almost took Rachael’s life, and giving birth to a stillborn baby girl, the Mendez’s decided to turn to adoption. One night, Rachael stumbled across Reese’s Rainbows and discovered the plight that special needs orphans face abroad. Picturing their own son in this predicament, they suddenly felt called to do something. After clicking on the list of waiting boys, Rachael discovered Bodey and instantly felt the connection. His little baby photo, showed him sitting with his little hand fanned out beside him the same way their own son used to sit as an infant. Abandoned at 3 months old and sitting quietly in an orphanage with no one interested, Bodey needed a family to call his own. Yes, he needed to come home! After requesting his file, the Mendez family found more and more similarities between their two boys, especially with their shared love of basketball. Additionally, a friend of the family is from the same area and has toured the orphanage Bodey is living inside. It is the dream that these two little boys will grow up together in such a loving household, so now the Mendez’s are trying to prepare financially to take the leap and bring their son home. The cost of adoption will stretch them very much, but they could not leave Bodey behind. Please keep Bodey and the Mendez Family in your thoughts and prayers. Any contributions to bring Bodey home faster would be greatly appreciated.

7/9/2019 — DOSSIER LOGGED IN

The Mendez family family has a matching grant of $5000 from RODS Racing! When their FSP total reaches $5,209 they’ll receive an additional $5000!

$3,040.64 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RYDER for the Carmichael family — TN

We are Sean and Stephanie Carmichael. We have been married over 20 years and have two biological children. Danielle is 26 and Cody is 24. We added Cole and Caden to our family in 2010. Both are from Ukraine and both have Down syndrome. We then added Cooper (also has DS) to our crew in 2012 from Ukraine. We said we were done then. Then, Stephanie found out about a little boy with Down syndrome in a horrible place called Pleven in Bulgaria. She fought the urge to go get him and lost! He was added to the family in 2016. Shortly after arriving home, he was diagnosed with leukemia. He is in remission and will finish chemo treatment in April, 2019. Right before Cobi was diagnosed, we took custody of Stephanie’s cousin’s son, Landon, who is now 5. Collectively, the boys are known as the DS Mafia.

Stephanie has been following “Ryder” for several years. He has had a couple of families commit to adopt him and then the families backed out and he was left again. After watching him deteriorate in pictures, we decided to add Ryder to our family. This will be our 6th adoption. International adoption is very expensive, so we are trying to raise some of the funds from Ryder’s fans.

Ryder is 6 years old and lives in an orphanage in Eastern Europe. He will soon be transferred to an adult mental institution, which is hell on Earth.

6/24/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

The Carmichael family has a matching grant of $5000 from RODS Racing!  When their FSP total reaches $10,220 they’ll receive an additional $5000!

$15,313.68 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Ryder has received a $2,767.77 Waiting Child Grant.
Ryder has also received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.
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Nicoletta for the Chudzik family — FL

Kris and Nichole knew each other for years due to their families being friends. It wasn’t until their 20’s did they reunite and start on their journey. Kris was blessed with an amazing son from a previous relationship who was three years old at the time they started dating. Nichole loved him like her own, but always had the strong desire to have her own children. They both moved from Ohio to Florida to further their careers. Kris works in Real Estate & Nichole has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught first grade for ten years. She has loved teaching her students and watching them grow into beautiful young men and women. Since then Nichole has committed to being a stay at home mom. Kris and Nichole were married in 2009 they were blessed with their first son Chase, who is an amazing young man with a heart of gold! Then in 2013 they were surprised with the news of TWINS on the way!! During this time they received the heartbreaking news that one of the twins suffered from a heart condition called transposition of the great arteries. After a scary birth he was taken away and immediately rushed into a procedure. This was an extremely scary time for the family, and at this time is where they truly found God. Christian was very ill, but through faith, hope, love, and lots of prayer he made a miraculous recovery after surgery. Christian is now a crazy, wild, loving 4 year old who loves playing with his twin brother Carson! Carson has a huge heart and is the wild child of the family, always keeps things interesting and keeps everyone on their toes! Through all the ups and downs of life, Kris and Nichole still felt something was missing. They tried to have another child but sadly after 2 miscarriages they decided to stop, and thank God for the blessings he had already given them in life. As time passed they both still felt God tugging on their hearts and leading them in a different direction. Through much prayer, and after spending a lot of time with their good friends children who have special needs, they knew it was their calling. It wasn’t the perfect time, but it was their time! It was time to take that leap of faith and put all their trust in the Lord, and follow their hearts. Which in turn lead them to Adoption and falling in love with the sweetest angel Nicoletta! They knew the moment they saw her, that she was the missing piece. She will complete their family. She will grow up and always know that she is loved, she is a blessing , and she is wanted! She will also have 3 very protective older brothers and a Daddy!! Please help us bring this sweet girl home where she belongs….with her family!!!!

Kris & Nichole like most families don’t have an additional $30,000 laying around. However this family is committed to this little girl mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They are prepared to do whatever it takes to bring her home! If you can find it in your heart to help bring Nicoletta home you can donate below. This little girl deserves a family that will love and cherish her for the rest of her life.

7/10/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

The Chudzik family has a $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!  When their FSP reaches $8227, they’ll receive an additional $5000!

$5,552.16 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

Make the most of your gift, consider sending a check! Online donations to children with committed families incur a 3% PayPal transaction fee.