The following comes from an Oct. 8 story by Austin Ruse on LifeNews.com.
I just watched a video about a family who had a baby with Downs and this is what the mother said, that it felt like a death.
She said that through her tears.
Her husband wanted a perfect child and he pushed his wife for an abortion.
The ending to the story will make you cry.
Here is a hyperlink to the video. Watch the whole thing…and come right back to this note.
Now you are back? Are you sobbing? I was.
What a journey that couple went on, particularly the father, and what an amazing ending.
Moms and Dads get this diagnosis every day and like the father in this video they fear their child with Downs will reflect badly on them. They fear they cannot care for this child their whole lives. They fear the hardship their child will face in what can be an unforgiving world.
I am writing to ask you help in a project that helps people just like this.
Best Buddies is an organization founded precisely to help children that the little girl in the video and their families.
Best Buddies trains people to become friends, life-long friends with these wonderful people. Best Buddies helps them find productive jobs and much else.
Help me help Best Buddies provide more happy endings, just like what you saw in the video.
In 11 days I am going to ride my bicycle 62 miles through the mountains of Northern Virginia. Every penny I raise will go to this worthy organization. Every penny will go to help children with Downs and their families.
Right now I am in first place in fundraising but there is a rich banker coming up behind me. He is the guy who won last year. Can we beat this guy (he’s not a bad guy..he’s a fine man but if I win, I will take the microphone and talk about the elephant in the room, that 90% of the children diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted. He won’t.
Go to https://mydc.bestbuddieschallenge.org/austinruse and give as much as you can. So far I have raise $23,756. I need to raise $30,000 to have a chance at winning. Can you help me raise $6,244 to hit my goal?
To see moving video, click here.
To read original story, click here.
This little girl softened his heart. A tough man but truly a real one in the end, as he grew more virtuous.
People are too sensitive on this topic sometimes, I don’t see anything wrong with people feeling sad at first because what parent doesn’t want their child to be born normal. Emotions run heavy, concerns and all….its part of being human. But hearts are softened and warmed when people try to deal with difficult news. All life is a gift, no matter how one is born.
People can see down syndrome. but they can’t see mental health issues right away. When children turn into teens and they are displaying such risky behavior that one can not understand, one usually thinks its just the rebellious years but little that some know is that their child may suffer with depression, bipolar or other mental issues that go on detected because they are confused with other things. That is the real scare…that is when a parent feels helpless and less supported.
Beautiful post Abeca! You understood the most important thing. “He grew in virtue.” This man initially considered this precious baby as being one of the worst things that could happen to his life and the reputation of his manhood. The reason he grew in virtue is precisely what people want to avoid at all costs today. People avoid carrying their unique and specific crosses. This father was given the grace to grow in virtue and holiness because he began to value and embrace what he once thought of as a horrible and difficult burden. What once seemed like an impossible hurdle to accept soon became the elevating cause of his road to personal holiness. Every person is given some particular cross in this life. No one escapes this reality. People used to understand the powerful value of offering up one’s suffering and uniting it with Christ’s suffering. A good priest recently said in his homily that many people want to deny the existence and purpose of their crosses. When this fearful and angry father began to embrace his cross instead of rebelling against his cross, he remarkably grew in virtue.
“Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.”
― Fulton J. Sheen
Beautifully conveyed Catherine…I agree.