Gift of Love: Cheyenne, 7 Years Old

By Gillian Sheridan

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Cheyenne has a sweet face and a gentle personality. She is also easy to please.

"There's not a malicious bone in her body and she's the most loving child in the world."

And Ben Patty should know. He and his wife have been foster parents for almost 30 years.

"There is nothing physically wrong. She perfect in every way."

But this 7 year old does have some challenges developmentally. She was diagnosed with Angleman Disorder, which affects her motor skills and language.

"It prevents the two sides of the brain from communicating with one another. You can teach her to say any word, but two minutes, two hours it's like she never heard it," said Patty.

Although her vocabulary is limited, Cheyenne can communicate. She's also made great progress in special education classes the past couple of years.

"She knows a lot of her colors on site, dog, cat, chicken, and I didn't know till just a few minutes ago that she knows what a butterfly is. She saw a picture of one in that book," said Patty.

Cheyenne needs a special family willing to give her a lot of one-on-one attention.

She functions best in a quiet consistently stable environment.

Change is hard for Cheyenne. She'll need some time to adjust to a new family, but the gift of love can do amazing things, and this little girl has a lot of love to give.

"She's a sweet little girl."

If you'd like more information on Cheyenne, call our Gift of Love hotline toll-free at 1-888-KIDS-275.