“He is the love of my life. And he is a miracle.”
When Lacey Buchanan sat down over lunch with a camera and notebook, she had no idea that her story of love for her son, Christian, would grab the world's attention. Two years later, millions have viewed the short video and heard the beginning of Christian's story.
On February 18, Christian will celebrate his third birthday along with his family and over 180,000 of his closest facebook fans. As Christian reaches this milestone in his life, Special Kids would like to take a minute to reflect on the last few years and the road we have journeyed down with him.
In 2011, Christian first came through our doors at just a few months old after being born with a Tessier cleft lip and palate and cleft eyes. During these first few months of his life, Christian’s mother Lacey experienced several unkind looks and comments in reaction to her son’s condition, including one woman who told her she was a horrible person for not having an abortion. During this time, Lacey would say that Special Kids was the one place they could come and feel normal and loved.
In response to the stares and remarks, Lacey decided to make a video telling Christian’s story and her love for her son. It didn’t take long before the short video went viral and the online world was abuzz with Christian. Since then, Lacey and Christian have been interviewed on local and international television stations and featured in newspapers, magazines, and on radio shows. Most recently, the pair traveled to California to film an episode of The Doctor’s to air in the spring 2014.
All the while, Christian has been coming to Special Kids for nursing care and rehabilitation services that have literally changed his life. Through physical, occupational, and speech therapies, Christian has learned how to walk, express his wants, and grow more independent. “We had no idea he would walk so early,” said Lacey. “He can navigate so confidently and explore and be away from my side, which is huge for a child who is vision impaired.” Christian has worked in speech therapy on understanding what is being said and relaying back verbally and has improved on his independence in general through occupational therapy. Christian is now learning how to undress himself, close doors, and turn off the lights. “He strives on being able to do them [tasks],” said Lacey.
“Special Kids has provided a solid foundation in our lives to be able to work towards helping Christian be successful, and I am forever grateful for that!” said Lacey. “They don’t just provide services for Christian. They love our family.”
Many thanks to Lacey and the Buchanan family for allowing Special Kids to share Christian’s amazing story. But the journey doesn’t stop here. You can follow Christian’s story all year long by signing up to be a ONE Change Child Partner member and making a monthly investment to help children at Special Kids just like Christian. Join the movement to help children with special needs experience love, healing, and restoration and be the one to change a child’s life.