Help this amazing family provide for their adopted child

Help this amazing family provide for their adopted child
This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.

"We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression." - Confucius

Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult times of our lives. You feel

as if you've lost a part of yourself, a missing part of your soul that can never really be

filled. Stephen McNulty is sadly all too familiar with losing someone after his mom,

Patty, lost her fight to head and throat cancer; he was 9 years old when it happened.

This is when the next chapter in his life really began.

On the other side of Patty's battle with cancer was her oncology nurse Karen

Mott and her husband Michael Mott, the hospital's hospice deacon. Karen worked

with Patty on a daily basis, and noticed she was very reserved, never really talking

to anyone. That is except when Karen asked about her son Stephen, that's when

Patty would light up. As time passed Patty's condition grew progressively worse and

Karen and Michael began to think about how they would ask one of the hardest

things you could ask a mom:

What will happen to your child when you die?

At this point the Mott's we're a busy family, they had 3 children, all amazing

and all very active. This meant they we're keeping up with school, sports, and

everyday American family life. Adding another child so close to Michael's retirement

would be a huge undertaking both emotionally and financially but after many late

night talks, the Mott's made a family decision to adopt Stephen.

In the fall of 2012 Patty took her last breath shortly after her son said

goodbye and went off to school. Karen and Michael had to explain to Stephen that

his mother had died. They took him to a park and on that cloudy October day they

broke the news to him. Karen said she would never forget the sound of Stephen's

The first year of grieving was very challenging on the entire family.

Sometimes it takes unfathomable pain to help us grow into the person we were

meant to be. As time passed Stephen began to excel, especially in academics. He

received great grades, was accepted to a prestigious middle school and even began

his plan to become President one day!

None of this will be possible without a continued education and the financial

stability to pay for it. This is something the Mott family fears they won't be able to

provide as they near retirement. They fear a dream as big as Stephen's might never come true.

This is where YOU come in. In a partnership with LittleThings and GoFundMe

I searched out people who were in need of immediate help. People like the Mott

family who has sacrificed so much of themselves to help Stephen. So now it's your

turn, please watch the video BIG DREAMS: MOTT and help this family. I am

personally asking for your help to the Mott's Provide For Stephen.

Follow Leon Logothetis on Twitter

Go To Homepage

Popular in the Community