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(1/4) “My wife had been pushing to expand our family for eight years—but I kept resisting. I kept saying: ‘What’s wrong with you? We’re almost done.’ We were nearly forty years old. It was the second marriage for both of us. Our teenagers were about to graduate from high school. But she couldn’t have children naturally, and there was always a deep yearning to adopt. She subscribed to a website called ‘Rainbow Kids,’ which featured children with special needs. She’d show me a profile from time to time. But I just couldn’t do it. It seemed like too much work. Then one day in 2015 we had an outside speaker visit our office. He talked about his child with Down syndrome. And my heart was completely changed. I went home and told my wife the story. I was crying. She was crying. And I think both of us knew what was going to happen. A few days later she forwarded me an email from Rainbow Kids. The title was ‘Magnificent Miles.’ He was living in a Taiwanese orphanage. Just a beautiful little boy. Fifteen months old. Fluffy hair. And all alone. We knew it was our son.”

(Special Olympics World Games, Abu Dhabi, UAE)
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