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Lee: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

With the arrival of 2016, we had an arrival of other sorts — baby Lee.  Little Lee was born with a very large teratoma, or tumor, at the base of his spine.

Lee

His orphanage called us as soon as he was left with them as they knew he needed immediate help, and so we rushed him to the hospital in Shanghai. Read more.

Phillip: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

When Love Without Boundaries met Phillip, he was welcomed into our Heartbridge Healing Home feeling pretty lousy. Heavily jaundiced and suffering from a bad cold, Philip wore a deep frown most of the time.

Philip at intake

After just a few weeks of nanny love, nourishment and a chance to recuperate, Phillip started feeling much better. He learned to cry when he wanted to be picked up and cuddled. He learned that it was safe to make eye contact, intently looking into his nanny’s eyes when she spoke to him. Read more.

Farewell to Laurel and Her Dad

Saying goodbye is often sad, but when we’re able to say goodbye knowing that a child we’ve come to care for is now able to function in life without crippling and constant pain, it’s a bittersweet farewell.

Laurel teddy bear 12.15

Laurel came to our Loving ARMs Healing Home as a recipient of help through our Unity Initiative. She lives with her family in a remote part of the Tibetan Plateau, and she and her father literally had to climb a mountain to get medical care (read more in, “Climbing Mountains For Laurel“). Read more.

Goodness Wins

Fireworks night sky

As 2015 comes rapidly to a close, many media outlets are running summaries of the year.  One of the things my family noticed yesterday is that so much of the reported news was about tragedy.  I know many of us who are parents wonder how the continual “news of the bad” is impacting our children.

A few weeks ago, I took my kids to a major theme park in Florida, and as hundreds of families like ours were climbing aboard the tram to the main entrance, my 11-year-old looked around and said, “There isn’t enough security here. This is the perfect place for a terrorist attack.”

It hit me so strongly that this is the reality of our children’s thoughts now.  They go to school and do “intruder drills” to prepare for the worst, while the internet and 24/7 news make it almost impossible to shield them from things we wish they didn’t have to see.

It would be easy to fall into the mindset that the world is completely going downhill. Read more.

Healing Homes Hope and Joy

We hope these faces full of hope and joy from our Healing Homes program will warm your hearts today!

Landon Santa 12.15
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Bekah’s Watermelon Run: Love In Action

This September, the “L” family of Colorado honored the memory of their daughter Bekah by holding a birthday party in the form of a fundraising run to celebrate her life.

bekah

First, we want to tell you a bit about Bekah. Before becoming part of her forever family, Bekah was a part of the LWB family when she lived at our Heartbridge Healing Home.  Several months after her adoption, Bekah tragically passed away following surgery (read more from Bekah’s family in the blog, “Bekah:  Our Girl, Forever and Ever“). Read more.

Blake: An Adoption Story

Blake’s story is a wonderful example of the precious work that LWB does and how much kids can overcome when loved and nurtured! If we had met Blake when he first came to Heartbridge (and was known as “Henry”) in Spring 2010, we probably would not have adopted him due to his severe delays and scary diagnoses.

Henry 3.10

At 21 months old, “Henry” could not sit unsupported and weighed only 16 pounds. In addition to his heart defect, an MRI had shown “mental retardation” and hydrocephalus, and caregivers questioned if he would “ever be able to live independently”. Read more.

Violet and Malcolm from Gansu

Tiny Violet’s life has been a real struggle so far.

2015-11-30 Violet (19)

On November 10th, she joined us at our Heartbridge Healing Home at five months old, weighing just 2.2 kg or 4.8 pounds. Even with our nannies’ best efforts and special formula and bottles, Violet is not gaining as she should. We hope that she will turn a corner soon, grow stronger, and gain enough weight for her cleft lip repair surgery. Read more.

Three Cheers for Three Musketeers!

This past July, we were contacted by an orphanage in far southern China who had three little girls with unrepaired cleft lip.

trio

They asked if we could possibly take them into our healing homes program, and then when they were healthy enough for surgery, arrange for their operations. We were happy to welcome Amy, Millie, and Lola (pictured left to right in the above photo) soon after to our care. Yes, that’s a whole lot of cuteness! Read more.

Kids Making A Difference Through Team LWB

We often get requests from people interested in fundraising to help orphaned and impoverished children in LWB programs. This summer, we initiated Team LWB as a way for individuals to organize personal fundraisers on behalf of LWB, and many have already become involved.  Many of these enterprising fundraisers are children themselves, such as Emmalie and LinLan.

Emmalie
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