With so many things going wrong in the world today, it’s more important than ever to spend a few minutes appreciating the things that are going right. There is still so much good out there, so much worth fighting for. One story that came across my email earlier last month really helps restore your faith in humanity. The story of the Geraldi’s and their Possible Dream Foundation is a touching example of the incredible good in people. Over the course of 30+ years, the couple adopted and cared for 88 children with special needs, for no reason other than they felt like it was what they should do.
What Is The Possible Dream Foundation?
The Possible Dream Foundation began back in 1986. Camille Geraldi, a nurse at the time, say by the bedside of critically ill children who had been abandoned by their birth parents. Michael would often find her reading to the kids or just being there for them, holding their hands. When the hospital could no longer do anything for the kids, Camille started bringing them home. She told her husband that this is what she wanted to do with her life, and a legacy was born.
After they married, Michael and Camille started adopting children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Sometimes, people would just drop the kids off on their doorstep with a note. After 18 adoptions (and three birth children), the Geraldis were running a non-profit called Up With Down Syndrome Foundation. Later, it would become the Possible Dream Foundation. Since the late 80s, more than 40 kids came to call the Geraldis “mom and dad.” Many other kids stayed with them for everything from therapeutic rehabilitation to hospice care.
Shortly after the couple celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2015, Micheal was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Their dreams of taking their very first vacation together vanished with the diagnosis, but they still continued their amazing work with their foundation. Sadly, Michael passed away in March of last year. Camille is continuing their legacy on her own (with the help of volunteers, but she’s the heart and soul of it). If you would like to help her, visit their Donate page for more information.