Family Stories

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….

Tuan and Kelsey Ngo

Early Diagnosis Spurs Parents to Dramatic Action

Kelsey and Tuan Ngo are a newly married couple from South Bend, Indiana. The exciting news of Kelsey’s first pregnancy was met with great joy from both of their large families. This would be the first grandchild and first great grandchild for this extended family of 14 siblings (11 for Kelsey and 3 for Tuan)….

Isaac Deeter with chest scar

Open Heart Surgery at 4 Months Old

When Cape Coral resident Christiana Deeter was 20 weeks pregnant, her baby was diagnosed with tetralogy of fallot, a rare heart condition caused by four heart defects present at birth. The diagnosis meant her son, Isaac, would be born with a defect that caused oxygen-poor blood to flow out of the heart and into the…