Family Adopts Baby Girl with Cancer from China

July 2, 2013  |  
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Adoption stories are always so sweet–who doesn’t want to see a child in need get a family?–but this one is just incredible. Today is warming our hearts with the story of the Whites from Louisville, Kentucky, who opened their homes to a baby girl from China battling cancer even while they themselves battled tough economic conditions.

Shelly and Harold White, the parents of four biological children, were hit hard by the recession, having to sell their home and downsize to a rental. But after their 10-year-old daughter Ryan Elizabeth read about all the orphans left behind after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, she began begging her parents to adopt a fourth sibling into their family. Shelly said her daughter cried at night, asking to help another sibling and giving up all the money in her piggy bank to help orphans. She began asking for donations in place of presents on holidays and birthdays. The Whites tried to explain to their children that they just weren’t in a position to raise another child and helped their children pray for the orphans instead.

The Whites joined Show Hope, an organization that supports orphans worldwide and that’s when things began to change.  They read the story of a 1-year-old girl in China who had cancer. “I had a mother’s love for her right away,” says White told Today. “I can’t really explain it. I couldn’t stop thinking about her. I couldn’t get her off my heart.” They began gathering the $20,000 it would take to bring their daughter home.

Their new daughter came to the United States on a medical visa, and a local hospital agreed to treat the girl, named Mya, for free. Harold and Shelly are amazed at their kids’ loving, adult approach to welcoming Mya into their family. Says Shelly, “We were responding with logic and they were responding with love.” As for Mya, her cancer is responding well to chemotherapy and doctors say the prognosis is good.

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