He could be forgiven for feeling defeated; instead, Ping, 10, smiles easily and maintains a positive demeanor, despite the cerebral palsy which left him in a wheelchair, and in an orphanage. With China not being overly accessible to those having mobility challenges, he suffers heartbreaking indignities, but remains unfailingly upbeat and willing to participate.
Intelligent―but without even a day of school, owing to his special need―Ping cannot fathom what he wants to do in the future. It was painfully obvious the question about it baffled him, since he'd never been encouraged to believe there was hope for his life. For all his cheerfulness, this endearing boy teared up when asked if he wanted a family, and said he wished for wings when asked about life in a wheelchair.
My name is Lori Lockwood, and I am the adoptive mom who longs to give Ping the wings he needs to soar. I expect my adoption and the modifications my home will need to be made wheelchair accessible will cost approximately $35,000.
To hear the very moving story about a few sad days in the life of my precious son-to-be, read the short blog post Waiting for Wings.