Family Stories

Liz from Cuba

Cuban toddler finds help in Tampa

Prior to the birth of her daughter, Cuban native Katy Espronceda had never been to America. Katy’s daughter, three-year-old Liz, suffers from Arthrogryposis multiplex congenital (AMC), a condition describing a congenital joint contracture in two or more areas of the body. Born with her elbow joints fixed in a bent position, Liz could not bend…

Help for South American Family

A friendly and outgoing toddler who makes friends easily, Shana was born with bright red hair and brilliant blue eyes, unique for Ecuadorians. But her most distinctive feature comes from a rare congenital disorder.   Shana suffers from a malformation called ectrodactyly, commonly referred to as either split hands or lobster syndrome, a disorder so…

Smiling little girl, bald head from chemo

Choosing happiness

Adalyn “Addy” Wallace was three years old when her family found out about the tumor. It was October 2015, and her parents Jared and Melissa had transported Addy to a Sarasota hospital after finding blood in her stool. Initial tests came back negative, but the doctor felt a mass in Addy’s stomach and ordered a…

Pascal Chartier with his new babies

Nothing can stop determined father

Pascal Chartier always knew he wanted children.   A single man working as a travel agent in Paris, France, Chartier had been researching and planning for fatherhood a long time. Specifically, he wanted his own child; but the adoption process in France can take as long as seven years, and many cases don’t go through….