Randy James was born with two rare disorders, Trisomy 9 Mosaic Syndrome and Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. While his parents pled to the community for financial help, there were haters.
Toledo, Ohio residents, Angela and KC Ahlers were over the moon when they finally had their little one in their arms. Unfortunately, their happiness was short-lived, as doctors informed them that their son Randy James was born with two rare disorders, Trisomy 9 Mosaic Syndrome, and Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. Now, the first is a genetic disorder that affects the structure of the heart, skull and organ development, and in this case, led to a hole in RJ's heart. The second condition affects RJ's brain development according to The Metro.
Like most families, this pair are leaving no stone unturned to provide their child with the best possible treatment. However, it is not an easy expense to incur in the age of modern medicine. RJ's parents decided to set up a GoFundMe page to spread awareness about their infant's struggles and request to lend a hand by contributing to this cause. "He has many specialists a Cardiologist, an Orthopaedic Specialist, a Neurologist, a Urologist, an Ophthalmologist, and a Geneticist. In his three months on this earth, he has been to 15 specialist appointments. We have insurance, however, the bills keep getting overwhelming," wrote Angela.
"One test from the Geneticist that he says he needs is 10,000. And our insurance is stating 'Not medically Necessary,'" she continued. On the other hand, KC put up six signs around the Franklin Park Mall to acquaint people about RJ's disorders and how they can help by donating. While most people did their part by donating, some resorted to a hateful response. Placed below their plea for assistance was a red wooden sign which read: "Stop asking for money. Let the baby die. It’s called Darwinism. Happy Holidays."
"It shocked me. I mean it really shocked me that somebody would have that kind of cruelty," KC Ahlers told WTVG. Recalling the devastating event, he shared, "I came out. I saw it. Immediately took the one down." Nonetheless, he noted, "There were other ones that were up, but somebody, some other good Samaritans kicked them down." For people who live with disabilities and their families, such detestable displays is a commonality. In addition to paying for the never-ending medical expenses, they are forced to witness cruel attitude from some people, who instead of helping burden them with pain.
Many disability activists came to the family's rescue and condemned the heartless people who placed the pitiless sign there. Sharing the post, @Imani Barbarin wrote: In case you didn't know, hate crimes against disabled people increased exponentially in the last few years. While Emily Ladau pointed out: Health insurance is an abomination, so people seek monetary supports to avoid financial ruin. And then in their most desperate moments, they’re told that they should just let their loved ones die because that’s how little society thinks of disabled people. Nardooncis Butterf.. expressed: Cruel things like this hurt even worse now that so many people are falling prey to fascism across the globe. Hugs to you and hugs to this dear family, especially.
My daughter has serious life threatening problems. After having multiple strokes and losing a kidney we started to have fundraisers to get her to a surgery. One lady said God obviously wants her just let him have her It was one of the few times I’ve been speechless— Michelle (@pmteet) 19 November 2019
Speaking to the outlet, RJ's father revealed that he chose to discard the hate-filled signs. "We want to raise our son to not reciprocate hatred. We want to battle hatred with love. So, we obviously know somebody that did this is disturbed and we hope they get help. But, we're going to keep taking your signs down as we see them because this town doesn't need hatred. This town needs love," said KC. Thanks to the kindness (that still exists) of others, the couple was able to raise about $4,000 through their superhero-themed fundraiser. "I was actually very impressed and touched by the outpouring of love that the Toledo community, our fellow Toledoans, showed us," added the father.