November 19, 2019 | 1: 07pm | Updated November 19, 2019 | 1: 07pm
An Ohio family who posted signs in a local mall asking for donations to support their infant son battling two rare congenital disorders was met with a cruel response — messages advising them to “let the baby die.”
KC Ahlers posted six signs around the Franklin Park Mall in Toledo, providing details about the disorders his son Randy James Ahlers, or “RJ,” is battling, as well as information about how others can help by donating, ABC 13 reported.
But last week he found a heartless message posted next to three of the signs.
“Stop asking for money,” the all-caps messages said. “Let the baby die. It’s called Darwinism. Happy Holidays.”
Ahlers was enraged when he spotted the signs.
“I came out. I saw it. Immediately took the one down,” he told the station. “There were other ones that were up, but somebody, some other good Samaritans kicked them down.”
“It shocked me,” Ahlers added. “I mean, it really shocked me that somebody would have that kind of cruelty.”
One of RJ’s disorders impacts his brain and the other stems from a chromosome abnormality, according to the report.
There is a hole present in RJ’s heart — and most babies diagnosed with these conditions don’t live past the age of two, his father told the outlet.
The family has a simple message for whoever posted the signs, Ahlers told the station.
“We want to raise our son to not reciprocate hatred,” the father said. “We want to battle hatred with love. So, we obviously know somebody that did this is disturbed and we hope they get help. But, we’re going to keep taking your signs down as we see them because this town doesn’t need hatred. This town needs love.”
Back in October, the family hosted a superhero-themed fundraiser for their son, raising about $4,000 — which went toward an expensive genetic test. Another fundraiser is planned for next month.
“I was actually very impressed and touched by the outpouring of love that the Toledo community, our fellow Toledoans, showed us,” Ahlers told the station.