KC and Angela Ahlers, the parents of baby Randy Jame or “RJ,” were devastated to find hateful signs painted on plywood panels which sent them the message: “Stop asking for money. Let the baby die. It’s called Darwinism. Happy Holidays.”
Their son RJ was born in July this year, and he has been diagnosed with two rare conditions. According to the GoFundMe page put up by Angela, “He has Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum or AgCC which means the center of his brain is underdeveloped. The second thing he was born with is Trisomy 9 Mosaic Syndrome. It is an incredibly rare genetic chromosome disease.”
KC shared that they found the hateful signs near locations in Toledo, Ohio, where they had initially put up signs asking for donations for RJ’s medical bills. The couple said that they have insurance but due to the rarity of their son’s condition, the insurance company has deemed many procedures to be unnecessary and would not cover the costs.
“Tat sign did the actual opposite of what that person wanted because obviously, it has gone global,” said Angela. People from around the world have reached out to them to offer support and financial aid. The hateful signs inspired more people to help the couple who did not want to ‘let the baby die.”
KC also said that some other “Good Samaritans” had taken down the hateful signs even before he got to them.
“I mean, it really shocked me that someone would have that kind of cruelty,” KC said. Nevertheless, the Ahlers have decided not to reciprocate hate. In fact, they are even more grateful that the negativity attracted attention and help.
The GoFundMe page for baby RJ has now gathered over $63,000 donations, three times more than the initial target of $20,000.