The following children all wait to be chosen by a family. They are either battling cancer currently or have a history of cancer in their past. Children with this special need, understandably, wait a long time to be chosen by families.
Aubrey from Xiamen with All God’s children
She will be 3 in January and her special need is multiple glioma post operative cancer. We are praying she has a family soon! Her medical report states she is outgoing, active, lovely and has a sweet smile. In terms of independent living, she can peel an eggshell and fruit, feed her self with a spoon, drink water from a cup and take off her own clothes. She was walking when I saw her in October. In terms of cognitive, she can understand some simple instructions, such as throw garbage away, and put back the toys.
When caretakers talk to her she listens carefully. She is interested in people and things around her, likes to learn things by pictures, and now knows most animals’ pictures such as an elephant, dog and duck, as well as biscuit, toy car and bowl. She can call the name of some child and caretaker and point them out. In terms of language, she can understand most of daily expressions, such as “have meal, sleep, drink water and eat snack etc.”; she can conduct some simple dialogues, like “auntie, bye-bye; eat up and thank you etc.” In terms of social ability, she is timid in front of strangers, and needs some time to get familiar with others. She is able to play games and share toys with children. After a meal, she will say “I eat up.” When a caretaker praises her she smiles. She likes to play games like put the pieces in a bowl, pretend to cook; she also likes outdoor activities, fresh colors, toys with sound, watching cartoons and listening to children’s’ songs.
Zoe also with All God’s Children
Zoe is a sweet little girl who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tumor has been partially removed surgically, and determined to be a non-aggressive cancer. Her medical report states she is mild and quiet. She can lay on her right and left side and kick her legs, and she can hold small things that her caretaker gives to her. In terms of cognitive, she can follow a voice and turn to the sound source, and distinguish the voice between a caretaker and stranger. She can also make good eye contact. She responds well to her caretaker and for sounds can produce “ah, and oh”; and in terms of language, she babbles.
She cries when her caretaker holds other children and can be possessive. In terms of social ability, she is timid, needs some time to get familiar with others and has strong interactions with others. She likes to play in the activity room where there is a lot of children and toys. She like to be teased, and is fond of fresh colors, toys producing sound and listening to children’s’ songs and stories. She is precious!
See a video of Zoe after her recent surgery.
Sweet 3 yr old Mia has lost her eyes, but not her ability to love and find joy in music. She loves her nannies, and she is adored for her sweet, quiet and loving way. Mia has been diagnosed with retinoblastoma and is currently going through chemo. She is halfway through her treatment – but what a gift it would be for her to have a mama to hold her through the rest of her treatment and help her get the greatest medical care possible. Despite her challenges she is already talking and feeding herself. She does need help navigating rooms due to her visual impairment. Read more about Mia here. Mia is on the shared list.
August 2007, When he was 2 yrs old his report said that he’s an active, lovely, restless boy who has a steady smile and is very adorable. He was experiencing normal intellectual development and would sit quietly during class time. He played games with caregivers and sang songs. Pete was eating by himself, had a good appetite and was eating a variety of foods. He could put on his own shoes, wash his hands and dress himself. His report also states that he is fond of playing with other children and loves cuddles from his caretakers. It is said that when he hears his name he opens his arms for cuddling and would smile sweetly while being held. He is said to be a really smart boy who loves music and likes all kinds of toys.
His special need is Fibroneuroma of Left Orbit. Pete’s right eye has normal vision. His orphanage said they don’t think his left eye causes him discomfort or pain. Read more about Pete here. Pete is also on the shared list.
~Guest post by Chloe B from Bethel