Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Again, I feel like I'm always saying this, this post is taken directly from another friend's blog.  In an effort to do as much as I can to help, I wanted to repost in hopes that some of my readers might be able to help or have a connection to some help.

Amanda from Starfish Foster Home needs help in the most immediate kind of way.
She has recently been diagnosed with cancer, and upon further testing, it has become clear that she needs to get the very best care – in the US or Europe. Do you or does anyone you know serve as a senior administrator at a top quality cancer center?

Please take a moment to read the note below from the Starfish Board of Directors and see if you, or someone you know, can help Amanda, a woman who has selflessly dedicated the last 7 years of her life to caring for the least of these in China. To date, Amanda and her team at Starfish Foster home have have taken care of 168 children, arranged more than 190 surgeries and had 72 international adoptions.
Amanda needs our help, not for her babies this time, for herself. I pray that all of us in the adoption community will do all we can to spread the word – to find her to a top-level cancer center, where she can get the very best care.
From the Starfish Board of Directors; Tuesday end of day EST, Feb 7th, 2012,
Dear Starfish Friends and Family,

As you know, our Executive Director and beloved friend Amanda has cancer, and is in great need of immediate, top quality medical care.
We need to get her to a modern facility/hospital in the United States or Europe as soon as possible. We are urgently asking each of you for a very specific kind of help.
If you or someone you know has contact with a top senior level administrator at a quality cancer center, please let us know immediately. We need to know if they would be willing to let Amanda come and receive the complicated care she needs – pro bono – as their way of helping a person who has given the past 7 years of her life saving hundreds of babies through donated, medical care. Perhaps they would be willing to now do the same for her. This can only be the very highest level of hospital contact – we are short on time and need answers immediately.
If you, or someone you know, has this kind of highest level connection to a top cancer care center, please contact Patrick McLaughlin as soon as possible, at:
917-494-7691 or — any time of the day or night — time is of the essence.

Sincere thanks,
Patrick and the Starfish Board

For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,” says the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17
PS- Jodi, if you are reading this, please email me your email or blog address at  When I clicked on your name from the comments, it didn't take me anywhere.  

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  • June 19, 2011- We are officially "Paper Pregnant!" We have submitted our Waiting Child Application to Holt!
  • July 5, 2011- Submitted our formal Home Study Application to Villa Hope
  • September 6, 2011- Submitted all of our paperwork for our Home Study
  • October 8, 2011- Completed our First Home Visit
  • October 17, 2011- Completed our Second Home Visit
  • November 14, 2011- Home Study Approved
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