Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday--OWEN!!!!!!

YES!!  Our Owen!!!  It's his turn for Teamwork Tuesday!  And... have you seen???

This is Owen's newest picture!!  What a handsome man!!  Owen is 4 years old and has a condition called Acrocephalosyndyldactyly Type Chotzen or Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome.  Here's what we know from his Reece's Rainbow profile:  

Chotzen Syndrome is a dominant genetic condition. They have a tower-shaped skull (acrocephaly), fused fingers and/or toes (syndactyly), asymmetric face, widely spaced eyes, droopy eyelid (ptosis), strabismus (crossed or “wall-eyes”), beak-like nose, small upper jaw, and jutting out lower jaw (prognathism).   Some plates in their skull close early.   This is called craniosynostosis.   Often people with Chotzen Syndrome are mildly hard of hearing. Sometimes they’re unusually short.   Occasionally the closing of the plates in their skull can compress their brain and slow their development.   Sometimes boys with Chotzen Syndrome have undescended testicles.

I think that Owen's condition looks a lot scarier than it is.  Here is an article about Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome.  It says that most people are of normal intelligence, might be hard of hearing....  Owen's not scary!!  

Owen's Baby Picture

He does, however, have extremely chapped cheeks.  (I have the best lotion for this, and for the family that adopts Owen, I'll personally buy your first stash!!)  I would imagine (though I don't know for sure) that he probably has headaches.  I bet he wonders why his friends sometimes go home with families, and he doesn't.

Oh, and he's approaching that Horrible Magic Number--5.  (((shudder)))

Please, please please don't let Owen wait and wonder.  Let's not even begin to approach him being transferred!!   Because Owen also has a Sizable Grant-- over $3000!! And he's from a straightforward Region!  Here are the requirements:
  • 3 trips
  • Both parents for 2 weeks
  • Wait 2-3 months for court
  • Both parents travel for 2nd trip
  • 30 day wait period after court, one parent returns
  • No family size restrictions
  • Both parents must be younger than 60 years
  • Total program and travel fees around $35,000-40,000
  • Fee includes a $500 orphanage donation
  • Married couples and single mothers may apply

I don't understand why Owen doesn't have a family, other than people are scared away by his looks.  I pray, pray, pray, and fervently pray some more that my readers are beyond that, and can see the precious little 4 year old boy behind the big scary words.  So please, pray for Owen.  Donate to him ($3000 is a lot, but it's only a fraction of what his family will need).  And finally, share this blog post around everywhere.

Now you know.  What will you do? 

This is Millie.

Millie is 8 years old.  She has Down Syndrome, and she's in an orphanage.  Millie is our Teamwork Tuesday child this week. 

Millie's picture breaks my heart.  She looks like she's been crying.  Oh, sweet Millie!! 

Millie is described as being able to walk and run. She is not yet talking. She enjoys listening to music and playing with toys that make sound. She enjoys going outside.

She has Down Syndrome, strabismus, and excema around her nose.  Nothing overly serious.  No heart problems that we know of.  No blood born disease.  Just... Down Syndrome, strabismus, and excema. 

But, she's a sweet girl.  Let's help Millie get home, shall we?

Pray over Millie!  Let's cover her life--her caregivers, her Forever Family, everyone that comes in contact with her--in prayer.  Prayerfully consider making a donation to Millie's grant, and, if you're considering adoption, won't you consider Millie??

And let's get her out and show her face.  Let's get Millie seen!  Facebook, Twitter 

Now we know.  Now, we act! 

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