Yes, that is a strange title to a blog post. And many of you will think that this is a very out of character post for BJP because the essence of it is to ask people for money. And that is something we have never done before.
When I wrote this post last year, I had no idea that one of our writers would be facing this dilemma. It was simply a post that was weighing on my heart at the time, most likely because there was a young woman at my church that has Down Syndrome and I had been observing her for some time. She brings such joy to anyone that she is around. And when I saw that the Democratic Presidential nominee supported Planned Parenthood in their goal to abort children that had Down Syndrome, I was appalled.
Greg Degeyter has been a long time pro-life advocate. He has written many draft bills for pro-life politicians and lobbies for this cause every chance he gets. If you read his posts, you can’t escape his passion for the unborn. Greg and his wife Rochelle have been chosen by God to raise a young man with Down Syndrome. Their boy was born two days ago and his parents named him Kenshin Paul Degeyter.
What a beautiful baby. As is typical with children that have Down Syndrome, Kenshin will need extra medical care. And even though Greg and Rochelle do have insurance, they will be facing huge medical bills beyond what their insurance covers. I was touched by this comment from Greg on Facebook about Kenshin:
Thank you for the support in this trying time. Have been getting questions regarding Kenshin’s health. He was born with Down’s Syndrome and a deuodonial atrisia. While doing surgery to correct the atrisia the surgeon discovered another area that was thought to be an obstruction but turned out to be Hirschspring’s disease. We are awaiting biopsy results to know what the next step is. We know one more surgery just have to see what type. After that we get to make an as normal as possible life for our little angel.
Greg’s friends encouraged him to set up a GoFundMe account to help with the expenses. I’m glad he chose to do that because it gave me an opportunity to help Kenshin’s parents as they guide him along the path into becoming the awesome person that I know God intends for him to be. Will you join me? You don’t have to be rich to make a difference in this young man’s life. Any amount you are able to give will let his parents know that they are not alone in this journey, that we will be there to help them.