Big-Hearted Couple Has Adopted 88 Special Needs Children Over the Last Four Decades
Founder of Possible Dream Foundation Michael and Camille Geraldi have 88 adopted children with special needs, some of whom are now teenagers and adults.
The amazing couple’s story started when they met at the Miami Children’s Hospital back in 1973. Michael was a resident pediatrician while Camille worked as a nurse. Michael was known for his charitable tendencies towards low-income families, to whom he willingly offered free services. Camille worked late nights, spending her time reading to children with disabilities.
After getting married two years later, they started adopting. Each child either had a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome or facial deformities. Nonetheless, the Geraldis loved these orphans unconditionally like their very own.
After having legally adopted 18 children, as well as having three of their very own, the couple set up the Possible Dream Foundation, a non-profit organization to assist in financing their kids’ treatment, education, rehabilitation, work training and future.
In the 90s, they had 31 youngsters. At around that time, Hurricane Andrew devastated their home, forcing them to move to a North Carolina farm, wherein several of the kids graduated from high school and have become certified dog trainers.
When a lightning struck their house and burned everything down in 2011, another good-hearted soul offered them a new home in Georgia. The Geraldis used their old home’s insurance money to make the place handicapped-accessible.
Today, although 68-year-old Camille is now a widow after having lost her better half to cancer, she remains spirited, compassionate and selfless in caring for her brood, with the assistance of a growing team of volunteers in her community.
Camille shared: “I love these kids. Though it can be challenging, draining, exhausting work, when you have your faith you just keep going. I do know that I’m doing God’s work—he plans the day and I just carry it out. He motivates me along the way. I usually wear a mustard seed pinned to my shirt, and when I’m feeling drained and need a push, I touch it and he gives me the energy and determination I need to make it through the hard times and the adversity.”
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