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Franklin County family adopting 6-year old recovering from cancer

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – All children need love. One family in Franklin County is going around the world to bring home a new son.

"We had always planned to adopt," said Karen Marable, mother to three children and soon to be four.

Karen and Michael Marable's oldest son is adopted and now they're getting ready to adopt a 6-year-old from China, who's recovering from cancer.

"He was left at the orphanage at the age of 2. He had been raised by his biological parents for the first two years. In China, as opposed to here you have to have the money to treat upfront. Who has the money to pay for years of chemo and surgery and hospitalization after hospitalization? They lovingly did the only thing they could to save their child, which was leave him at the orphanage on the steps one night," said Karen Marable.

"It's what we're supposed to do. It's meant for us at this time in our life so I think that's reassuring to me," said Michael Marable.

Medical issues are nothing new to this couple. Karen is a pediatric nurse. Their oldest had medical issues, they fostered children with medical issues and looked for another child needing help, finding Sullivan.

"He had gone through his year of chemo, he had a right nephrectomy so he does not have his right kidney. He had been hospitalized so many times," said Karen.


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