Beth Laitkep—she's a thirty-something, single mother with six kids. If you want to know what her life feels like, imagine you have no money, you're late cooking supper, your house smells like baby poop...
And you have cancer.
Stephanie Culley, Beth's high-school friend, took her to chemotherapy. The cancer spread to Beth's brain. Doctors gave her a death-sentence.
Beth spiraled into an already deep depression. She worried about her kids, since they had nowhere to go. Without their mother, they would end up in the foster system, where they'd get split, relocated, traumatized. They'd be lucky if they even recognized their siblings after a few years.
When Beth died, her last
words were, "Tell my babies I love them, and I love Stephanie, too." But as it happens, Stephanie Culley was busy in the other room, signing ten pounds of paper.
Because adopting six kids comes along with a mountain of paperwork.
Tennessee nine-year-old, Tyler Fugget, has too much allowance money laying around—at least in his opinion. After all, he has the basics: food, shelter, parents, health-insurance, SpaghettiOs. What else is there?
So, Tyler got rid of his surplus money. He walked into the sheriff's office, unannounced, with one hundred…