Here’s how it happened: 
after the challenges of 2016 ended, Bukowski hopped back on Reece’s Rainbow’s website. The year was 2019, and “I saw this cute little baby.” It was three-year-old Sammy. The toddler’s main diagnosis was cystic fibrosis, though more were on the way, including deafness, developmental delays and malnutrition. 

Sammy (code-named Simon on Reece’s Rainbow) lived at Bulgaria’s infamous Pleven orphanage. He was “super-skinny” and was surviving in “very disturbing” conditions, according to Bukowski. She showed his photo to Jim: “I think we should adopt him.” She waited, fully expecting him to say no, like always.