After being married in 2011 Tom and Gioanna began trying to start a family of their own. In what should have been a very exciting time for the newlyweds, they were met with disapointments and frustrations. For years the two encountered countless doctors appointments, visits to fertility clinics for procedures and sadly, two miscarriages. Gioanna was later diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, which means her body attacks itself believing everything is a foreign invader including a growing baby. This, along with the medications needed to control the symptoms of her Lupus, would make a pregnancy very dangerous.
After finding out about her illness, Tom and Gioanna discussed adoption and knew this was the right path for them. Over the past year they have fostered children with hopes of eventually adopting but tragically for Gioanna and Tom adoption never became their reality.
Depending on the agency, adoption can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000. Any donation would be so appreciated by these two. They realize there is a long process ahead of them before they can be called mom and dad but Gioanna says she knows it will all be worth it the moment they get to bring their baby home.
Thank you so much.
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