January 2014

We have kept in touch with Dany over the past year since leaving Love in Action. His dental work took much longer but was finally completed in the fall of 2013. During one of our visits with Dany after picking him up from the dentist, Robin asked him what he wanted to do after completing school. He said he wanted to be a professional football player. Read on from our local newspaper.

[Dany Age 9, 2009] [Dany Age 14, 2013] [Robin, Dany & Jim & Robin, 2013]

Guadalajara Reporter January 2014

Godson Lives His Dream: From Children's Shelter to Professional Football Future
By Robin Lawrason

Three years ago, a local childrens center was looking for godparents for children at the shelter. Jim Lloyd and Robin Lawrason wanted to assist and were assigned nine year old Dany as their godson. They noticed that their godson rarely smiled until one time he opened his mouth and they noticed his crooked teeth. After a couple of years with a local dentist, Dany's teeth have been straightened and he has begun to smile.

The son of the House Parents for the young boys at the Shelter, Dany has long dreamed about becoming a professional football (soccer) player. Then this past summer Dany, the only boy from Lakeside, was invited to a young people's football program sponsored by the Chivas team in Guadalajara. This past fall he has even more to smile about. Apparently he was spotted by a junior team in Queretaro and he was invited to join the Gallos Blancos(White Roosters) team in that city. Dany at 14 is the youngest player on the team of 20. The boys practice daily and attend school as part of the rigorous athletic and educational program. Dany, who kicks with his left foot, is already a standout and plays the entire game with his team. His team mates call him el chivo (the goat) because he runs so fast.

Now separated from his family at Lakeside, Dany who at one time was afraid to travel on local buses, now manages to ride express buses between Guadalajara to Queretaro as well as a taxi to take him to his team home. Timid and shy as a nine year old, Dany is now becoming a confident young man on his way to his dream of being a successful football player and star. His parents, family and godparents could not be more proud.

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