We were touched by the inspiring story of Jason and Adrianne Stewart, who bravely adopted Maria, a Filipino baby born without limbs.
The kindhearted couple was recently hit with devastating news: Their six-year-old son Joshua, who was also adopted from the Philippines, was diagnosed with a rare type of leukemia.
“And just like that our perfect world was shattered. Our entire world was turned upside down,” said Adrianne in a report by People.
Joshua was adopted by the Stewart family in 2012 after three years of waiting.
“He had just turned one year old when we picked him up and we bonded almost instantly with him. He has been an amazing addition to our family and we cannot imagine life without him,” says a post on the Stewart family Facebook page.
Joshua was diagnosed with anemia and admitted to the hospital in March. After running a series of tests, the doctors told Jason and Adrianne that Joshua has Acute Meyloid Leukemia.
“On April 4th, the Doctor met with us about some tests that they were running on him, because things did not meet the normal results. This is where the big news hit us hard. Our son was diagnosed with AML, or Acute Meyloid Leukemia. By the end of the week he had begun his chemotherapy treatment,” the family said in another post.
Joshua is expected to be in and out of the hospital in the next few months for intense chemo sessions that will hopefully destroy all undetected cancer cells hiding in his body. Doctors gave Joshua a 65 percent chance of survival.
In spite of the difficult situation, the Stewart family chooses to remain positive about the situation.
“For now we are choosing not to focus on the percentages and the possibility of relapse, instead we are choosing to stay positive and just focus on getting through the rest of his treatments,” they said on Facebook
Adrianne earlier said that Joshua loves playing with Maria. Now, Maria is learning how to be there for her brother too
“Maria loves being there for her brother,” says Adrianne. “She practices using her wheelchair in the hallway of the hospital. We’re all in this together.”
A GoFundMe campaign was launched to help with Joshua’s medical expenses.
Photos: Facebook/ Stewart family