Monday, June 11, 2012

What's important again? Part 3

I have a couple of friends named Danny and Christy, and they may not know it, but they are heroes.  They haven't (as far as I know) done anything earth-shattering, but what they are doing is definitely a lot better than what we see some overexposed celebrities doing on the news, or TMZ, or wherever.  And it's even better than...wait for it...writing a sixth-rate quasi-political blog (which hasn't been updated in about seven weeks until this entry).

See, Danny and Christy have two wonderful children.  One of them, their daughter, has Down syndrome, and she had some serious health issues that had to be resolved very early in her life.  If I were meeting Danny and Christy for the first time, I would probably think, "That's great that they have sacrificed to raise that sweet girl and keep her healthy...but they needn't do more than that." 

But they are.

Danny and Christy are in the process, through an organization called Reece's Rainbow, of adopting another little girl, about the same age as their daughter, who also has Down syndrome.  The little girl, Juliette, is currently living in an orphanage in eastern Europe, and Danny and Christy would love to bring her to live with them.

Juliette, who hopefully will be Danny and Christy's daughter soon.  (Image courtesy Reece's Rainbow)

The only hangup at the moment, as far as I can tell, is money.  It costs a lot of money to bring a child home from an orphanage in eastern Europe.  Thus, Danny and Christy are raising money through their blog, Bringing Juliette Home.  They need something like $30,000, and so far they have raised about a sixth of that.

If you are reading this and feel so inclined, I hope you will head over to Danny and Christy's blog and donate to help them adopt Juliette.

And Danny and Christy, if you happen to read this:  you truly are heroes.