During a segment on WFAA New’s weekly segment “Wednesday’s Child,” news anchor Gloria Campos introduced the world to a special young boy who was hoping to be adopted by loving parents.
In 2007, Gloria met Ke’onte, an 8 year-old boy who had been bounced around in the Plano, Texas foster system for most of his young life. The media exposure did help Ke’onte find a new home, but unfortunately it didn’t work out in the long run. “I have been moved to three different homes and the adoption didn’t go really well,” Ke’onte said.
When Gloria found out that Ke’onte was back in the foster care system, she decided to feature him for a second time on “Wednesday’s Child.” This time, Ke’onte’s segment was spotted by the right family at the right time! Carol and Scott Cook saw Ke’onte on television, and knew right away knew he was meant to be their son. “He just sort of spoke to us through the video,” Scott said.
It turns out, Ke’onte had been put through the wringer in the four years he’d spent in foster care.
When he first arrived at Carol and John’s house, he was so over-medicated he was literally walking in circles and staring at walls. Now, with the love of his new family, Ke’onte is a great student, an active runner, hiker, and dancer. None of this could have happened had Gloria not decided to feature the boy on her news segment a second time, and Ke’onte and his parents are so grateful.
Gloria and the news team showed aired a video of Ke’onte’s happy ending, but just as the video came to an end, the anchor herself got the surprise of a lifetime live on air.
Ke’onte, now 14 years-old, was hiding behind the news desk, ready to jump out and give Gloria a huge hug!
“Thank you so much, because you’ve made my life worthwhile,” Ke’onte said. “and you’ve helped me become the person I am right now.”
“I’m so happy that you’re happy,” Gloria said.
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