My dear blogger friend is doing the thing that lots of people daydream about doing but never actually do. She's adopting TWO young girls (both have Down syndrome) from an Eastern European orphanage. My friend is not just daydreaming, she is really doing it. And you must understand that her intervention will literally save their lives. One of the little girls has a serious heart condition and needs proper surgical care. The other is getting too old for the orphanage and will soon be institutionalized, and in eastern Europe, that means this beautiful little girl with a big smile has a very high probability of wasting away and even dying from neglect in the very near future.
My dear blogger friend could really use everyone's help to ease the financial burden, because adoption isn't cheap. I mean, if you step back and take a big-picture view, it's amazing just how little it takes to buy two beautiful lives (because those two little girls are obviously priceless). But if we look at the situation in less poetic terms, it becomes clear that even the deal of a lifetime is sometimes very expensive.
So I ask that you please help my friend. With sugar on top. And a cherry.
She's set up a blog to explain everything and provide a place where people can donate. She's also currently holding a raffle on her blog, and the lucky winner will receive a beautiful piece of art. So please visit her blog and give, if you can. She has done more for the Down syndrome community than anyone I know.
Daniel Niblock is a graphic artist and animator who lives in Durham, North Carolina. On July 14, 2008, he became the proud father of his second child: Ozzie, a 4 lb., 11 oz. baby boy. Ozzie has Down syndrome. This blog chronicles the bewildering experience of stepping into a topsy-turvy new world. It began as a place where family and friends could come to read words that were too difficult to speak aloud. It has transformed into a place where people can read about discovery, strength and love. Hopefully these collected reflections can help others find the way out of the darkness and into the light.