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Anchor tears up on-air after surprise from kid she helped get adopted

Anchor Tears Up on-Air After Surprise from Kid She Helped Get Adopted
This is the heartwarming story of 14-year-old Ke'onte Cook, who is especially grateful for former WFAA anchor Gloria Campos.

When the teen was just 8, Campos featured the then-foster child on the Dallas-area news station. After a failed adoption, she featured him again, this time when he was 10. He was adopted after that segment.

'If someone said I'd offer you money for your parents, I'd say 'heck no,' they're worth more than what you've got.'
'He's definitely our son.'

To show his gratitude, Ke'onte wanted to surprise Campos.

'I can't believe it's you!'
'He helped me, too.'

Campos told Ke'onte she was thrilled he was so happy. The teen thanked her for making his life worthwhile and helping him become the person he is today.

Time reports the adoption came just in time:

'After watching the 2009 report, a couple named Carol and Scott Cook decided to adopt him. And he was in bad shape, too, having taken so many medications in foster care that his new mother would find him disoriented, walking around in circles in his room.'

Campos and her news station have helped a number of other children, as well.

'For more than 20 years, starting in 1989, she had the Wednesday's Child Meet, each week bringing viewers a story of another kid in foster care ... 75% of whom found adoptive families because of her reporting.'

Fittingly, the big surprise from Ke'onte came just before Campos' retirement from WFAA.

Ke'onte is now a runner, hiker and dancer living with a loving family.

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ltcolphs March 25 2014 at 9:38 AM

God works in strange ways....

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Carmencita March 24 2014 at 10:36 PM

A great story! hats off to gloria for "really making a difference"! 75% of children adopted because of this woman's efforts! these are things that matter. it's easy to talk about what should be done. a lot harder to actually to do something about it! good for her, the families and the kids!

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TexasKitty March 24 2014 at 10:36 PM

AWW! How great and this lady is tops. This young man proved to be an asset to his adopted parents and to society as he will grow into a productive member of society.

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newphasescounsel March 24 2014 at 10:31 PM

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Cook for loving in spite of! Thank you Mrs. Campos for airing this child's story not once but twice! As a therapist, social worker, and natural and adoptive parent- I am rejoicing.

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Apple March 24 2014 at 10:26 PM

Great story Love has no color...!!!!!!!!

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donnsuki22 March 24 2014 at 10:25 PM

this is what matters, everybody involved, love, caring and compassion. It extends to everybody who reads this beautiful story

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tiffineythomas March 24 2014 at 10:00 PM

Oh this is so wonderful to see and hear about. We have so much 'negative' news reporting all the time, so hearing this story is refreshing.

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rozym786 March 24 2014 at 9:47 PM

well, all i can say is this humble word "" B R A V O !!!!!!!

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borg1701d March 24 2014 at 9:46 PM

After all the bad news we've had to endure it's great to read a wonderful story like this

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jross98452 March 24 2014 at 9:46 PM

Gloria was a class act! The broadcast week before her retirement was awesome. 10 pm news is not the same without Gloria. 30 years dedicated to news in Dallas, happy retirement.

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