Reece’s Rainbow and Kecia and Kris Cox are my heroes! Seriously!
World News Tonight With Diane Sawyer featured a touching story tonight about the Cox family’s journey of adopting a child (Kareen) born with Down syndrome from the Ukraine. (Kecia and Kris have also documented their story on their blog: Kareen’s Journey Home.)
Words can’t describe the range of emotions I have after watching this video (and reading their adoption story.) I’m overwhelmed with tears of joy for Kareen and the Cox’s, but at the same time heartbroken for all of the other children forced to live as outcasts, desperately in need of someone to love them. I’m well aware of the horrible conditions that children born with Down syndrome are forced to endure in the Ukraine and other Eastern European countries which is why I’m so thankful for organizations like Reece’s Rainbow who help children like Kareen find a home with loving parents who will care for them. As I said above, Reece’s Rainbow is a modern-day hero!
I’d encourage you to watch the video above, read their story, and pray about how you can get involved with Reece’s Rainbow. On their website you can browse countless stories of families in the progress of adopting a child born with Down syndrome, many of which are in need of financial support to help give these beautiful children their dream of being part of a forever family.
(By the way, the Cox’s raised 30 thousand dollars in order to bring Kareen home!) Perhaps you could skip a latte (or two) next month and donate that money to help rescue a child in desperate need of a family who will love him or her. Who knows…maybe you’ll even be called to adopt a child through Reece’s Rainbow! How awesome would that be! (And if that happens…please let me know!)
Please take a second to visit the Cox’s blog and leave them an encouraging comment. They are an amazing family, and I really do consider Kecia and Kris heroes of mine.
The Cox’s story is a perfect reminder of why I started this site, to give the world an inside look at what life is like rising a child born with Down syndrome. My hope is that we can show the world by our daily videos that people born with Down syndrome are just as equally valued by God as any other person. My heart hurts when I think about those children who desperately want someone to love them. They don’t want an iPad, a new car, or a bunch of stuff…..they just want to be a part of a family who will love them.
If you are interested in learning more about Down syndrome my wife (a pediatrician) put together a great New Parent’s Guide To Down Syndrome. Don’t worry if you’re not a new parent (or a parent at all) the guide contains lots of useful information for anyone.
Where you aware of the conditions that children born with Down syndrome are forced to endure in the Ukraine? What are some ways you and your family could get involved with Reece’s Rainbow?