Adopted Teen Has Touching On-Air Reunion With News Anchor Who Helped Him Find A Family
During a WFAA newscast last Wednesday, retiring anchor Gloria Campos received a special surprise.
Back in 1989, Campos took over “Wednesday’s Child,” a weekly segment in which she featured children in foster care who were waiting to be adopted, ABC News reported. During her 25-year run of the feature, she shared the stories of some 350 children and 75 percent of them found adoptive families, according to the outlet.
In 2007, she told the story of Ke’onte Cook, then 8 years old. Ke’onte was adopted after the segment, but, unfortunately, the adoption ultimately failed, according to WFAA.
Two years later, after Ke’onte had been moved in and out of different homes, Campos did another story on him, hoping this time would be different.
She was right.
When Carol and Scott Cook saw the broadcast in August 2009, they knew that they were looking at their son.
“I’d like to say ‘thank you’ for putting him on the second time,” Cook told WFAA. “Because not only did you bring us the child that God wanted us to have — and we wouldn’t have seen him otherwise — but you’ve also helped him touch millions through him being able to talk about his story.”
In honor of Campos’ last week with WFAA, Ke’onte, now 14, paid her an emotional on-air visit, and thanked her for changing his life. In the video above, you can see his surprise appearance.
“I want to say to her thank you so much, because you’ve made my life worthwhile and you’ve helped me become the person that I am right now,” Ke’onte told WFAA. “I probably would have been worse off had you not helped me out.”