Update June 2019:
MaryKate has a family coming! She’s listed on the ‘My Family Found Me’ page on Reece’s Rainbow! If/when her family is announced for fundraising, I’ll update again.
In this series, each Friday, I want to share a different child with you who is available for adoption and listed through the adoption advocacy website Reece’s Rainbow. All the kids who are listed on RR from Sarah’s Covenant Homes, India, the focus of my previous posts, have been posted about, so now I am focusing on a few kids or a sibling group listed on the site each Friday going forward. When more SCH kids are listed, I’ll continue to feature them!
Please note that the names used on RR are usually not the childrens’ real names, and their real names will only be shared with seriously interested families in order to protect their identity.
Today’s first featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: Bradlee! He was born in 2008, lives in an Asian country, and is waiting for his family to find him. He is eligible to be adopted by single moms!
There is a $2,000 agency grant for Bradlee’s adoption with his current adoption agency. The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation is also giving a $1,000 grant for any child with transfusion-dependent thalassemia.
PD: a collage of 4 photos of Bradlee, who has black hair & dark eyes. (1) Bradlee stands in front of some lockers smiling, holding a peace sign on 1 hand, wearing a blue jacket & top. (2) Bradlee stands with his hands on a railing behind him, smiling, wearing a blue long-sleeved shirt & striped pants. (3) Bradlee stands in a room w/ another child (MaryKate, below), looking off-camera, wearing a half-blue, half black-and-white striped shirt. (4) Bradlee stands in an empty room by himself, smiling in a navy blue long-sleeved t-shirt & jeans.
Bradlee’s Medical History
Bradlee was born with beta thalassemia major. He currently receives blood transfusions every two months, as well as chelation medication to treat iron overload. Learn more by following the link provided! When admitted to the orphanage, Bradlee was also initially diagnosed with a heart defect, but later ultrasounds showed it resolved on its own.
It is clear Bradlee isn’t getting the care he needs, or would get here due to the frontal bossing you can clearly see in his forehead. If untreated or treated improperly, beta thalassemia major can cause bone marrow to expand (bone marrow is where most of the blood cells are produced in the body). It expands because it is trying to compensate for chronic anemia. This abnormal expansion causes bones to become thinner, wider, and brittle, which may cause them to grow abnormally-particularly the long bones of arms and legs, and certain facial bones. When facial bones are affected, it can result in distinctive facial features, including an abnormally-prominent forehead, full cheekbones, a depressed nose bridge, and overgrowth of the upper jaw, exposing upper teeth. affected bones have increased fracture risk, particularly long bones of arms and legs. Some individuals may develop ‘knock knees’, a condition in which the legs bend inward so when a person is standing, knees will touch even if ankles and feet are not.
Bradlee started attending school at the orphanage in September 2015. He’s been taking language arts, math, art, music, and PE. Bradlee’s teachers say he’s a good student and participates in class. At the end of the first semester of school, he received the “Star of Good Behavior” award!
Other Information About Bradlee
Bradlee is a sensible and well-liked boy who gets along well with the other children in his school and orphanage. He’s not always serious though, as he’s up for a good laugh anytime! Bradlee is independent with dressing, bathing, and making his bed. An adoptive mama and advocate has met this child, who she called Brett, and wrote this post about him. Bradlee desperately needs to find a loving family soon- access to good medical care will be life-saving and life-changing for him!
Today’s second featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: MaryKate! She was born in 2007, lives in an Asian country, and is waiting for her family to find her. She is eligible to be adopted by single moms! MaryKate and Bradlee live in the same care center and have the same blood disorder.
There is a $2,000 agency grant for MaryKate’s adoption with her current adoption agency. The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation is also giving a $1,000 grant for any child with transfusion-dependent thalassemia.
PD: In the 3×3 9-photo collage, MaryKate is doing a number of activities in colourful outfits. She is giving a peace sign in many of the photos and almost always has a bright smile! In the second photo in the top row, she stands w/ Bradlee (featured above).
MaryKate’s Medical History
MaryKate was born with beta thalassemia major. She has been getting transfusions, but not nearly as often as she should. She is also in great need of iron chelation medication. Her file mentioned a heart defect – VSD as a baby, but it likely resolved on its own, as it has not been brought up since. MaryKate desperately needs access to regular transfusions and chelation medication.
MaryKate attends school at the orphanage, and can recite poetry, do addition and subtraction problems, and sing the 26-letter alphabet song in English. MaryKate is obedient and does well in math, reading, Chinese, and English.
Other Information About MaryKate
MaryKate is a sweet, spunky, sensible, talkative, and optimistic girl. She gets along well with other children and enjoys playing aeroplane chess, singing, dancing, and building with Legos. She does not enjoy running. MaryKate is very responsible and mature for her age. She likes to help caretakers and teachers. She is independent when it comes to self-care. She can be a little shy at first, but quickly warms up. Many adoptive parents and advocates who have met MaryKate adore her, and recall her to be sweet and smart. MaryKate communicates and answers questions well. Her favorite foods are chips, chocolate, and cake, but she also likes grapes, apples, and bananas. She has been to Disney in 2015, and absolutely loved it! She loves Mickey Mouse and hopes to one day be able to go to Disney again! MaryKate would love a family of her own, and a family for MaryKate will not only change her life, but truly save her life too! Video of her is available through her agency.