MPW.64 / Troy May: The Heart of a Family by Allison Pasek
Allison Pasek Brooklyn, New York
Team Stryker

Story Summary

“She thanks me for everything,” says Pam Reynoso about her 10-year-old adopted daughter, May. “Thank you for dinner, thank you for school. None of my other kids ever thanked me for sending them to school.”

In 2005, Pam and Tom Reynoso took a trip to Guatemala to pick up a three-year-old May, whom they expected would be happy and healthy. The May they met was malnourished and in need of immediate medical care. The Reynosos brought May back to their Missouri home and gave her a chance for a better life; but according to them, it has been May that has enriched their lives through the kindness of people they have met on May’s path to rehabilitation.

Now 10-years-old, May lives with her parents and older brothers Kyle, Tyler and Zachary in Troy, Missouri. May is a girl scout who named her Maltipoo “Happy.” She loves playing Wii, swimming, and shopping at Justice. She craves Oodles of Noodles and chose a monkey pattern for her new leg braces. Her favorite color changes daily, but today is green.

In the past six years, she has undergone a number of medical procedures that included corrective knee and hip surgeries, a tracheotomy, and dorsal rhizotomy, among others.

May continues to learn to walk and talk. Through sheer determination, she makes progress every day. Her parents want her to live a happy life. Those around her know she is already doing just that.