You probably noticed the last name – FuMing Cutts – yup, we are related. 🙂
FuMing, or we like to call him “Ming” for short, is my youngest nephew.
Impressively, he became a world-traveler at the age of 1 when my younger brother, Adam, his wife, Erin, and Teagen, Eli and Gavin, my niece and other two nephews, traveled to China to bring him home.
But along with hope, intelligence, strength, courage and the love of his new forever family, Ming brought with him trauma.
He brought remembered grief for his birth mom who abandoned him when he was one day old (likely because she couldn’t afford the many surgeries his cleft palate would in time require).
He brought PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) from the many months when he basically starved because no one at the orphanage knew how to properly feed a cleft palate baby.
And he brought fear from all those moments before he came into our family when he didn’t know if he would belong to anyone, anywhere, ever.
Since day 1, my brother and sister-in-law and Eli, Teagen and Gavin have turned their hearts inside-out to meet Ming’s needs.
Unfortunately, at this point they’ve turned their wallets inside-out as well (as is so often the case when a single-income family adopts a child who has both tremendous potential and known ongoing special medical and support needs).
This is relevant because, as of this month, Ming’s therapy team has concluded that the best way to continue meeting Ming’s support needs (even while his surgical team continues meeting his medical needs) is to match him with a service dog.
Ming LOVES dogs. He loves his family’s dog, Chica, so much that sometimes they just sit together – his little chubby baby arms wrapped around her patient and loving neck.
But a service dog will be able to support Ming as he grows in ways that even Chica and her human family cannot.
Towards this goal, Adam & Erin have bravely launched a giving page at YouCaring.com.
In just a week since the launch date, they are already nearly half-way to raising the funds to start the process of matching Ming with his very own service dog!
I think this is because, when the love is there, and the support is there, and lots of folks give what they can, those dollars can add up to something really amazing!
We would love for you to join us in making amazing happen in Ming’s life!
Just click on the YouCaring graphic below or head on over to https://www.youcaring.com/fuming-cutts to learn more.
And please know we are grateful, grateful, grateful in every way a family can be grateful for your prayers, dollars, shares and support!
Shannon & the whole Cutts fam