One could argue that one of the most important things in this world is to treat our fellow human beings equally, regardless of their race, religion, or appearance.
Sadly, some people just can’t do that.
They decide to ridicule and belittle others because of their differences.
Joey Wittkugle has been a victim of this behavior from the very beginning, but his story is a perfect reminder that we should not judge a book by its cover…
Bobbi Wittkugle from Struthers, Ohio, USA, vividly remembers the day she gave birth to her son Joey.
That day, she was faced with a life-changing decision.
Joey was born with Down syndrome, and the doctors were not very optimistic about his chances of survival.
Bobbi recalled that shortly after Joey’s birth, a doctor came to her and informed her that her baby would never speak or walk and that she might not even recognize him.
Those comments broke Bobbi’s heart. Furthermore, the doctors told her at the time that her son Joey would not live past the age of 11.
Back then, Down syndrome was not as well-known as it is today, and Bobbi explained that it was difficult for people to accept or welcome babies with genetic anomalies.
However, Bobbi knew one thing above all: she loved her baby, even though she wasn’t quite sure what to do.
The young mother confided in a priest who told her that she had been chosen by God to have Joey.
From that moment on, there was no turning back for Bobbi, and she and Joey overcame every obstacle that came their way.
On June 29, 2020, Joey turned 62. Not bad for a man whom doctors said would die around his 11th birthday.
To mark this occasion, his family organized a birthday parade in his hometown.
Bobbi, who was 90 years old at the time, said:
“When you see one of our children, don’t turn your back on them like they did years ago. They are human beings, they are something special from God, and please learn to love them as much as they love you.”
Joeys special birthday parade featured all his favorite things, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, and first responders wishing Joey all the best.
Joey couldn’t help but cry tears of joy during the parade, but he also had a radiant smile on his face as the vehicles passed by.
His mother, sitting beside him, gave him a kiss on the cheek and said, “I love you.”
Three simple words, yet they carry the weight of the whole world.
All people deserve to be loved and appreciated. We can surely all agree on that!