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Family's adoption led to eight more

 When George Dennehy was reunited with his birth mother in August, she was so overcome that she fainted.
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Date published: 11/8/2012


Malinin tweeted an invitation for George to perform with the band. At first, George's father assumed it was a joke. But the invitation was real, and in August, George sat onstage with the Goo Goo Dolls, plucking chords with his toes and singing "Iris" to a crowd of thousands at Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pa.

"It was amazing to see this boy who once was almost dead up there onstage with the Goo Goo Dolls," Mike Dennehy said. "The whole place exploded with excitement."


The performance was just the beginning of a remarkable series of events for George.

A Romanian teenager saw the video of George's performance and recognized the brother her parents gave away for adoption. She went online, and the siblings reunited via Facebook.

Then a European TV station saw the video and offered to reunite George and his birth family.

In August, a crew filmed George's biological mom fainting when she saw her son in person, no longer a scrawny infant fighting for life.

Mike and Sharon had sent George's biological parents photos throughout his life, so the Romanian parents knew he'd grown up to be a strapping teenage boy.

But every day, George's biological parents told him, they prayed for one more miracle--that they could one day see him in person. George's mom clung to him tightly after she was revived from fainting. She then prayed fervently, thanking God for the reunion.

For George, it was a joyous experience meeting the parents who gave him up but still loved him. And George, already a brother to 11 children, met his four biological sisters for the first time.


George and his parents hope that their story will resonate with potential parents on Friday. George was adopted through Bethany Christian Services, and Mike, a software salesman, sings the agency's praises.

The Fredericksburg office has placed 30 kids with families this year, said director Mary Beth Bova. It usually has plenty of adoptive families but always needs parents willing to adopt special-needs or minority children.

Each year, the agency hosts a dinner for area residents interested in adopting. At this year's dinner, Mike Dennehy plans to talk about the joys and challenges of adoption.

He will tell stories of each of his nine adopted children, including two who were exposed to drugs before birth and three who are missing limbs.

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WHAT: Bethany Christian Services' Fredericksburg fellowship dinner

WHEN: Nov. 9, 6:30- 9 p.m.

WHERE: Fairview at River Club, 10835 Tidewater Trail

To RSVP or for details, call 540/373-5165.