Hope Week Reunion 2019

NEW YORK — Ten years ago, CC Sabathia, Johnny Damon and Nick Swisher walked into the mailroom at Ahmuty, Demers and McManus. They were there to surprise Ranjit Seal and Melvin Williams, two employees with developmental disabilities who worked at the Manhattan law firm. It was the Yankees’ very first HOPE Week, which over the last decade has become a new tradition for a franchise that has so many. On Monday, the Yankees kicked off the 10th anniversary of HOPE Week — when the Yankees take five days to recognize people, families and organizations with inspirational stories — with a special 10-year reunion at Yankee Stadium. “These people do amazing things every day,” Sabathia said. “For us to be able to bring light to it is awesome.” All past HOPE Week honorees were invited to attend. They were joined by Yankees players, coaches and front-office staff — Sabathia and Brett…

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John Wins Morning Call Football Picks – September 12, 2019

High School Football Picks: A special person wins Week 3 and now Week 4 games are ready for the picking John Lahutsky is a great young man. I’ve known him for a long time and his story is remarkable. Check it out for yourself. http://www.johnlahutsky.com» He has done a lot of amazing things in his life, including getting honored and meeting the New York Yankees. I am fortunate to know him. https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-xpm-2011-07-30-mc-lahutsky-yankees-20110730-story.html » He has overcome so much and he has done it all with one of the best smiles I’ve ever seen. I am fortunate to know him… Read Complete Article…

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Former orphan earns college degree from Penn State Lehigh Valley – May 7, 2019

Former orphan earns college degree from Penn State Lehigh Valley John Lahutsky did not start school until he was 9 years old May 7, 2019 “I’m a story teller,” said John Lahutsky. And John has quite the story to tell—his own. He graduated with a degree in corporate communication on May 4 with 110 of his classmates from Penn State Lehigh Valley (PSU-LV) at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. John has had an eventful and, at times, challenging road to earning a college degree. There were times in his life when going to college seemed impossible. a woman and a man with a walker on stage PSU-LV Chancellor Tina Q. Richardson and John Lahutsky posed for a photo after Richardson awarded Lahutsky his degree at the 2019 Commencement ceremony held May 4 at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Image: Dan Z. Johnson A thirst for knowledge…

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Graduation WFMZ May 05, 2019

Former Russian orphan earns degree from Penn State Lehigh Valley “An inspiring story of perseverance at Saturday’s commencement for Penn State Lehigh Valley at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. John Lahutsky was born with cerebral palsy in Russia and abandoned at an orphanage when he was just 18 months old. https://www.wfmz.com/news/lehigh-valley/former-russian-orphan-earns-degree-from-penn-state-lehigh-valley/1075397518…” Continued… Read Complete Original Article    

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PSU-LV Article About John And Video From Graduation 2019

“I’m a story teller,” said John Lahutsky. And John has quite the story to tell—his own. He graduated with a degree in corporate communication on May 4 with 110 of his classmates from Penn State Lehigh Valley (PSU-LV) at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. John has had an eventful and, at times, challenging road to earning a college degree. There were times in his life when going to college seemed impossible. A thirst for knowledge John spent the first nine years of his life in Russia. He was born early at 24 weeks with cerebral palsy. He uses a walker to get around. John and his sister were abandoned by their birth parents when John was 18 months old. He spent his early years in a Russian orphanage, known as a baby house, with 15 other babies and one staff member. He received limited interaction from adults and…

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Channel 69 Story May 4 2019 LV Graduation

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – An inspiring story of perseverance at Saturday’s commencement for Penn State Lehigh Valley at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. John Lahutsky was born with cerebral palsy in Russia and abandoned at an orphanage when he was just 18 months old. He did not start attending school until he was 9 years old, after being adopted and moving to Bethlehem. Now he is a college graduate. Lahutsky says he’s grateful to have been given the opportunity to earn his bachelor’s degree. “I have so much appreciation for education because it was denied for me for so many years when I was in the Russian orphanage system,” he said. Lahutsky majored in corporate communication. He is now set to complete an internship.

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WFMZ Story About John Becoming An Eagle Scout – May 19th, 2014

May 19th, 2014 – BETHLEHEM, Pa. – A Northampton Community College student who’s had quite a life journey so far was honored Sunday afternoon. He attained Eagle Scout status with Troop 362 in Bethlehem. John Lahutsky was born in Russia and abandoned at an orphanage at 18 months. He has cerebral palsy and was adopted by a family in the U.S. when he was 9. He started with the Boy Scouts in third grade and says he knew then he wanted to be an Eagle Scout. “I still can’t believe that I made it- it’s been a wonderful journey,” said Lahutsky. John co-authored his book, “The Boy from Baby House 10” about his experiences in the Russian orphanage/asylum system. He’s earned 31 merit badges and was elected to the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s honor society. For his Eagle Scout leadership project, John collected over 850 pounds of clothing and…

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Hope Week 2011 Video

https://www.mlb.com/yankees/video/hope-week-john-lahutsky-c17532795

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Additional links about the HOPE week event

http://web.yesnetwork.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=17501819&topic_id=22273104 http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/07/29/new-york-yankees-hope-week-reuinites-childhood-orphan-friends-over-a-decade-later http://www.nbcnews.com/id/44615589/ns/us_news-giving/t/joe-girardi-doles-out-dose-hope http://articles.mcall.com/2011-07-30/news/mc-lahutsky-yankees-20110730_1_chuck-frantz-yankees-reunion http://cutoffman.mlblogs.com/tag/john-lahutsky

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Jennifer Clibbon tells “The story of the Boy from Baby House 10.”

Inside a ‘children’s gulag’ -CBC News By CBC News CBC News April 23, 2010 Read The Original Article   Russia has temporarily suspended child adoptions to the United States following the alarming case of Artyom Savelyev, an eight-year-old Russian boy who was put on a plane back to his native country by his adoptive mother. Tory Anne Hansen, from Tennessee, sent Artyom back to Moscow alone, with a note saying she couldn’t cope with him anymore because of his allegedly violent outbursts. The case has horrified people around the world and cast a spotlight on child adoptions from Russia. Russian authorities were outraged and pledged to place Artyom with a foster family in Russia. A foster home might be a welcome change from the Russian orphanage that Artyom left in Russia’s far East, part of a vast network of Dickensian-like institutions that house hundreds of thousands of homeless Russian children. In the…

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THE BOY FROM BABY HOUSE 10 BY ALAN PHILPS AND JOHN LAHUTSKY (Weidenfeld & Nicolson £18.99).

Saved: The boy from the ‘gulag’ – Mail Online By Philip Jacobson. Mail Online February 23, 2010 Read The Original Article   There is something decidedly Dickensian about this deeply moving, frequently enraging and ultimately uplifting account of how a severely disabled child blessed with an unquenchable spirit triumphs over adversity with the aid of good-hearted people. Born prematurely and afflicted with cerebral palsy, Vanya had been abandoned by his alcoholic mother when he was a year old and was swiftly consigned to the living hell of Russia’s state orphanage system – more accurately described as gulags for children. We first encounter him in the silent locked room at Baby House 10, where children classified, often without proper diagnosis, as uneducable imbeciles were effectively left to rot, deemed incapable even of playing with toys and starved of affection. Yet against all the odds, Vanya had learned how to talk, which…

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April 2, 2010 – Times News Online Article By LINDA KOEHLER – A young man tells story of rescue from Russian orphanage and new American mother in a new book

It was ‘like a devil’s den’ Pa. student’s life started in Russian orphanage. – Philadelphia Inquirer By Michael Matza Inquirer Staff Writer. Philadelphia Inquirer March 01, 2010 Read The Original Article Born in Russia with cerebral palsy in 1990, Vanya Pashtukhov was abandoned by his alcoholic mother at a bleak Moscow orphanage called Baby House 10. For the next half-dozen years, he was clothed in rags and confined to a metal crib in near-constant “bed regime.” Government doctors labeled him “ineducable” and, when he was only 6, shunted him to an adult asylum for “mental defectives.” “It was terrifying,” he recalled recently. “Like a devil’s den.” Pashtukhov’s pitiful childhood was no singular nightmare. At least as far back as the regime of Joseph Stalin, Communist Party general secretary from 1922 to 1953, the Soviet system dealt harshly with handicapped wards of the state, routinely warehousing youngsters with even mild impairments….

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A true story of hope and triumph

Lehighvalleymagazine.com LEHIGH VALLEY MAGAZINE NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2009 www.lehighvalleymagazine.com Text by Lindsey Getz, Photos by Stefan Siegel There are certain individuals you meet in a lifetime that you know you won’t forget. You may have spoken no more than a few casual words, or even just caught their eye, but something about them has a real impact on you. John Lahutsky is one of those people. From the time he was a baby, living within the confines of a Russian orphanage, he has had a special quality that has made him unforgettable to those he meets. And it was that special quality that may have saved him from a bleak future in Russia. From just looking into his eyes, it was obvious to those who wanted to help him that he was a bright boy, mistakenly labeled “ineducable” by the powers-that-be in the harsh Russian orphanage system. Despite spending more…

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Bethlehem Township, Pa., teen writes book about ‘nightmare’ in Russian orphanage By Express-Times staff October 01, 2009, 12:34AM

Lehighvalleylive.com Article October 1 Read The Original Article John Lahutsky, of Bethlehem Township, Pa.,was born in Russia and spent the first nine years of his life in an orphanage there. Because Lahutsky has cerebral palsy, he was deemed incapable of learning and placed in a mental asylum for adults. He was underfed, overmedicated and spent all of his time inside. “I saw naked children banging their heads into cribs, crying out for attention and lying in pools of their own waste,” said Lahutsky, now 19. “I related to a vegetable because of all the drugs I was given. … I suffered from malnutrition and was stuck in a crib all day without ever going outside for exercise or given attention.” In the late 1990s, Paula Lahutsky adopted John after reading about him in her church bulletin. Lahutsky is thriving now, but memories of his childhood still haunt him. The teenager, a student at…

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Nightmare in Russia Bethlehem Township teen’s book reveals the horrors of his life in an orphanage

Nightmare in Russia – The Morning Call By Irene Kraft THE MORNING CALL October 2, 2009 John Lahutsky of Bethlehem Township would like to be a filmmaker. When renting a DVD, the junior at Freedom High School has always enjoyed watching extras showing the way a film is made before watching the actual movie. He’ll most likely make films about history, he says, because history is his favorite subject. Yet, those who know the history of this 19-year-old who’s afflicted with mild cerebral palsy may find it hard to believe he could be happy exploring the past. Before coming to the United States, John spent more than eight years in a Russian orphanage, where his life was a nightmare. From the time his birth parents abandoned him and he was placed in Baby House 10 in Moscowat 18 months until he was adopted at age 91/2, he lived in a system that was so…

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The strength of ONE scout By Brendan Bertagnoll, Staff Writer, The Cornerstone Volume XXXI, Issue 6 Thursday, August 6, 2009 live.oa-bsa.org

The strength of ONE scout http://live.oa-bsa.org/events/n2009/live/cornerstone/ThursdayIssue.pdf The Cornerstone Volume XXXI, Issue 6 Thursday, August 6, 2009 live.oa-bsa.org The strength of ONE scout By Brendan Bertagnoll Staff Writer The power of one individual has never been more evident than in the presence of John Lahutsky. John, a Life Scout and Brotherhood member of Witauchsoman Lodge in Pennsylvania, has now added another feather to his cap: author. On September 29, John’s new book, which he coauthored with his friend Alan Philps, The Boy from Baby House 10: From the Nightmare of a Russian Orphanage to a New Life in America, will be available on shelves nationwide. This is not the least of what underscores John’s personal strength – to truly understand the individual power John exudes one must delve into the pages of his book – a story more than 19-years in the making. John, born in Russia in 1990, was afflicted…

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John Lahutsky [C], 21,and Andrei Sullivan [L], 19, were Russian orphans who became best friends as little boys in their Moscow orphanage. Considered “incurables”

“John Lahutsky [C], 21,and Andrei Sullivan [L], 19, were Russian orphans who became best friends as little boys in their Moscow orphanage. Considered “incurables” due to their cerebral palsy, they were offered no education or physical therapy and kept indoors for years at a time. They were adopted by American families at ages 5 and 9, respectively, and reunited after 14 years during HOPE Week 2011. John recently wrote a book, The Boy from Baby House 10, which details his suffering in the Russian orphanage system.”   Read Full Article See Photos

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The Morning Call 5/14/06

A boy becomes a son – Bethlehem Twp. woman gave Russian a home. Copyright The Morning Call May 14, 2006 Kathleen Rose- Bercaw Special to The Morning Call – Freelance2 There are days when 16-year-old John Lahutsky can barely contain his euphoria. He might be poring over a favorite social studies project at East Hills Middle School, or working on a project with his beloved Boy Scout Troop 362, or chowing down on ribs, another favorite. Then it hits him. “I love my life,” he’ll say to himself. “I just love it.” And what a life it is. He loves Tchaikovsky and martial arts, and is a First Class Boy Scout who has earned eight badges, “with no short-cuts,” his mother Paula Lahutsky, of Bethlehem Township, would quickly interject. John’s life has taken many turns, but certainly no short-cuts. And Paula’s journey to motherhood was no smooth sail either. On…

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