- Couple adopted 88 children with special needs for over four decades
- The kind-hearted couple wanted to give the children a better life
- Some of the children were never expected to live, but they did
Not every day you come across couples who are ready to take care of other people’s children, much less those with special needs. But Mike and Camille Gerardi from Georgia did exactly that.
The kind-hearted couple have reportedly adopted and transformed lives of 88 children with disabilities in over four decades.
“Some of the kids we have adopted over the years were actually expected to die. Fortunately, most of them have lived on and are currently very happy adults,” says Camille.
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The noble initiative started way back in 1973 when the pair met at Miami Children’s Hospital where Camille was working as a nurse and her now late husband as a pediatrician.
She says they always had that common bond when it came to persons living with disabilities, and that contributed significantly in driving their desire to adopt and look after children with sepcial needs.
“Some of these kids were born with disabilities. Others became disabled while growing. Yet still, a number of them were terminally ill,” says Camille.
The couple started the noble initiative right from when they got married -- after dating for two years. From the onset, they agreed that their sole mission was going to be taking care of disabled children.
Mike passed away in 2006 after long battle with cancer, but his wife continued adopting children with disabilities from the hospital.
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