Sunday, June 5, 2011

Wisconsin Mother's Call for New Family for Son with Autism Answered with Love

Credit to my husband for finding this story on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website while reading about his beloved Brewers' victory. This is just an amazing story. Jessie, clearly, is a lucky man.

In 2008, a West Allis woman named Carole Eagleman wrote to this newspaper and made a surprising request. She wanted us to print an article saying her severely autistic son, Jessie, needed a new family.
Carole, then 67 and experiencing health problems, didn't know how long she would be able to care for her 37-year-old son. She didn't trust the government safety net, so she was taking matters into her own hands.
"I know Jess would thrive as part of the right family. He deserves this, if only we can make this happen," her letter said.
It did happen. I wrote the story Carole wanted, and Jessie is indeed thriving now as a cherished member of the Robers family in Burlington.

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