Funnies Extra!

Finding family in the farthest places

5/27/10 (Thu)

Dena Kemmet knows family is important, even when that family isn’t related by blood.

Kemmet’s parents, Phyllis and Larry Norman, were missionaries to Haiti in the early 1990s, until political unrest made the country unsafe for them. During the seven years they were there, they fostered two boys, Pierre and Carlos, that Kemmet came to regard as her brothers. So when the one of the biggest earthquakes of all time ravaged the island, her thoughts went to them immediately.

"My parents financially supported these boys, even after they came home," Kemmet said. "They helped them through college. One is a doctor and the other is an engineer. One has a wife and children. They survived the earthquake, and in Port au Prince that is amazing."