- We all hear about ANGELS here on earth and I am thankful my life has led me to quite a few of them. All of them very special people, but one of them, stand just a little above the rest.
Probably one of the sweetest and kindest 20 year olds you could ever know~
First of all, her compassion astounds me…especially for someone her age. Most 20 years old are just figuring out life as an adult let alone finding & accomplishing the need to help others. Fulfilling a desire for children and travel, this led her to helping children in orphanages in China, Liberia, Africa (Swaziland, Lesotho, and South Africa) and Romania. This journey started when she was only 14 years old!
This is where she found her true, life passion.
- A few years ago she started helping arrange medical visas for children around the world to come to the US for medical care. These are children who would have died without this intervention. Life for children in foreign country orphanages is appalling…it would literally make you sick knowing how these children live day to day. You honestly cannot even call it “living”.
- Caroline met a little Romanian boy named Raul when he was only 4 months old. Raul has a genetic skin disease called EB. Not only did he suffer from this horrendous disease but he was severely malnourished and had severe developmental delays as well. Caroline arranged for his medical visa to the US to get him help as leaving him in his current condition would certainly lead to his death. This arrangement meant that Caroline would be Rauls’ sole caretaker.
Remember, Caroline is single and only 20 years old!
This wasn’t her child, but she loves him just as much as if he were. She provides care and love for this sweet little boy who is now 27 months old and thanks to Caroline, though still struggling, is thriving.
Caroline will soon be leaving her family’s home to an apartment for just her and Raul. Caroline doesn’t ask for anything, yet this sweet girl deserves so much. Raising a child with EB is probably one of the most dedicated and heart wrenching jobs I have ever seen…I honestly don’t know how parents of EB children cope. It truly is the saddest disease I have ever known of and my heart literally aches with sadness as I watch parents who have to witness their children with it. The pain, the suffering, and the excruciating reality of it all – without a doubt, they are the most amazing people I have ever met in my life. Then take Caroline- still a very young woman, not even a mother herself, but she takes on this role with unconditional love and the most courageous strength and for this alone I am so utterly grateful to know her and want to help her on this path.
The costs are staggering to raise a child with EB. Just his supplies alone cost $2200 a month. Caroline just needs help to keep Raul here and healthy for as long as she can. Sending him back to the orphanage now would certainly and most definitely be a death sentence for him.
I would be so grateful if you could find it in your heart to help this young girl. I realize that most people today are fighting some kind of battle, but to make a difference in the life of one young girl and a little boy she loves so much could be that light you’re looking for.
There are 2 ways in which you could help and we would be sooo grateful.
Send a tax-deductible donation to:
The Butterfly Fund c/o Caroline at Po Box 235 El Verano, Ca 95433
Purchase an item off of Caroline’s selected Gift Registry, Located at Amazon.com. Link to her registry is below.
- We thank you for taking the time to read about Caroline, and I hope you can help her on this beautiful and amazing mission ~ this world really is a better place because of her.
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