Next month, Cathy and Aaron Coates will celebrate
their one-year anniversary of being Sergei's parents.
They all have a lot to be thankful for and one of
those things is the KidsFirst Foundation grant that
your donations made possible.
When Cathy and Aaron received Sergei's referral,
they learned that he had a cleft palate. Like anyone
would, they worried about the cost of future surgeries.
That's when the Foundation stepped in.
A few years ago, the Foundation instituted a grant
program designed to get more special needs kids
out of orphanages and into loving families. The
grants go up to $5,000 and that's what the
Foundation provided to the Coates family last year.
"We traveled to Vologda in April of 2009 to meet
Sergei and what we found was one great little boy,""
said Cathy. "There was no question that we would
be a family. But, we were concerned about the
costs associated with one or more surgeries. The
Foundation grant helped put us at ease and we
really appreciate the generosity of the organization
and its donors."
Sergei's surgery was completed just before his second
birthday at Riley Hospital for Children last
September. Fortunately, insurance picked up the
majority of the surgery costs. So, the grant dollars
have been put to use funding the weekly speech
therapy sessions that Sergei will need for the next
Cathy is busy working as a stay-at-home mom.
Aaron works as the chairman of the Performing Arts
Department at Zionsville Community High School.
Sergei is a happy two-year-old boy and mom tells us
that he is coming along nicely with his speech.
Cheers to the Coates family and thanks to all you
KidsFirst Foundation donors for helping us create a