Fairytales sometimes do come true. Middle schooler Damien had been in foster care for some years when his health condition, kidney disease, exceeded the care he could get in a foster home. He told his math teacher, Finn Lanning, that he wouldn’t be coming back to school; he was moving into a hospital because social services couldn’t find a foster family that was willing and able to meet his medical needs. Lanning, a confirmed bachelor who delighted in his childless status, agreed to take the boy in. Damien needed a kidney transplant, and having a secure home to go back to would facilitate his entry on the transplant list. They have now been together about two years, Damien is much healthier post-transplant, and the two have formalized their relationship through adoption. ‘It’s like a dream come true,” said Damien.

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