People told Jerry Windle, a single gay guy, that he would never have children. He had little faith in himself that he would ever become a father, yet his life was suddenly revolutionized. His experience as a parent is reminiscent of a storybook coming to reality, demonstrating how a merciful heart can triumph in any situation.
Bright Side believes that parental love has the ability to transcend all social stereotypes and prejudices. We’d like you to read about the solitary, kind-hearted man who raised an Olympic champion after he was orphaned.
- A magazine article served as the catalyst.
Jerry Windle, a single gay man, has always wanted to have children. He had difficulty adopting in the United States until one day he happened to read an article in a magazine about the condition of Cambodian children. He immediately called Cambodian officials, and soon after, he learned facts that would change his life.
Jerry headed to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where Jordan had been living in an orphanage after Jordan’s birth parents died. The toddler was suffering from severe ailments, including scabies and malnutrition. Jerry returned him to his Florida home, cared for his rehabilitation, and adopted him right immediately.
- The new family encountered several difficulties right away.
The new family’s return to the United States presented various challenges. Jordan utilized sign language to communicate with Jerry before learning English because of his multiple health issues, tiredness, and weakness.
Jordan was two years old at the time and weighed barely 16 pounds. His father was concerned about his son’s chances of survival. He did, however, promise to do everything in his power to ensure that his new kid would never have to suffer again. There was already so much love that it conquered all difficulties.
- A fantastic Olympic career unintentionally began.
Jordan’s Olympic dreams began when he was seven years old. Tim O’Brien, the son of a well-known diving coach named Ron O’Brien, discovered him at a diving camp. Jordan then joined a specialist diving program and began to taste success.
Around this time, he also met homosexual rights activist and Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis. His nickname was even “Little Louganis.”
After three Olympic trials, first, at 13 and then at 16, Jordan realized a 15-year-old ambition and qualified for the men’s platform competition.
- The father-and-son relationship has endured the longest.
Jordan will compete for the United States today, but in his heart, he will also be representing Cambodia. He recently had the Cambodian flag tattooed on his arm so that people can see it when he dives.
A Single Gay Dad Raised an Olympic Champion by Adopting an Ill Child
The father and son honored their tale in a children’s book they co-wrote in 2011. The narrative of a rooster who other animals informed that he couldn’t be a father without a hen is told in the book An Orphan No More: The True Narrative of a Boy. He comes across an egg that nobody wants one day. A duckling emerges, but despite their dissimilar appearances, the two would demonstrate the adage, “where there is love, there is family.”