Sandy Swanson surprises the Roach family.
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After he graduates from high school, Ross says he wants to visit Sandy Swanson, the missionary who helped rescue him from a Filipino orphanage, and thank her in person. "I'm very grateful that she found me," he says. "And I'm grateful that my parents were able to adopt me."

Well, he doesn't have to wait any longer...because she's here! Sandy walks onstage and embraces Joe, Becky and Ross. "It's good to see you again," she says.

Joe says he and his family owe a lot to Sandy, a selfless woman who's worked with the Children's Shelter of Cebu for 30 years and placed nearly 1,000 children in loving homes. "Without Sandy, we wouldn't have Ross," Joe says. "What she's done in kids' lives is more than I can possibly put into words."

Watch as Joe and Ross describe what Sandy means to their family. Watch

When she met Ross for the first time more than 14 years ago, she says she saw a little boy who wasn't being given a chance. "We wanted to make that happen," she says. "This is the kind of thing that just makes us be able to keep doing what we're doing...to be able to see the kids in families."

Ross' story has a happy ending, but Sandy says there are 70 children like him still waiting to be adopted at the Children's Shelter of Cebu in the Philippines. Find out more at CSCShelter.org.

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Published on October 02, 2009
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