Cherrity Festival Interview: Noel Mink—Anchor Center Parent
We are gearing up once again for the annual Cherrity Pie Festival, a benefit for the Anchor Center for Blind Children.
Anchor Center for Blind Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching visually impaired infants, young children and their families, while providing hope and a nurturing environment where children reach their highest potential.
Why Can’t She See? Turning “Challenges” into Blessings – An interview with Noel Mink – Anchor Center Parent
History: Noel and Chris had just adopted a little boy and it wasn’t even a year later when they received a call from their caseworker who thought that they would be a perfect fit for adopting a little girl named Lexi. She was 14-months-old and a child with special needs who they believed was blind. Social Services gave them 24 hours to think about Lexi.
Would they be a good fit for her?
How did you turn this “challenge” into a blessing?
Noel: “This was different because we did not have to experience the grief and loss that many Anchor Center families go through when they are given a tough diagnosis. It provided us a choice, where many parents do not have the same choice. It did not make us more prepared; it just gave us a different shift in perspective.”
After you said yes to Lexi, what did the curveballs “look like” upon bringing her home?
Noel: “When Lexi came home she was very withdrawn and almost never smiled. She had attachment disorder and it broke our hearts to think that besides suffering from neglect she was blind and we didn’t know why. So began a long series of tests and finally it was determined that Lexi had LCA (Leber Congenital Amaurosis), which is an inherited retinal degenerative disease characterized by severe loss of vision at birth. We jumped for joy at that diagnosis! Joy because in our hearts we could have peace that her blindness did not come from abuse. Joy because we had answers.”
Where there any significant turning points to learning Lexi?
Noel: “Being referred to the Anchor Center was life-changing. It began a partnership that included education and support but more than that it is a place to voice fears, a place to help gain insight and direction, a place to say things that would be understood and not judged. Anchor Center became a light. This light has illuminated possibilities, relationships and Lexi’s future.”
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