LIFE

Former Millionaire Has No Regrets About Going Into Debt After Adopting 72 Children

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Who could ever imagine having 72 children? Most parents can barely handle one or two kids. How on Earth does someone end up with 72?

Well, it starts off with being a millionaire, and it ends with having a really, really big heart.

Li Li Juan is a business owner from Wu’an County, China. During the 1980s, she amassed a fortune worth millions of dollars.

A savvy businesswoman in the coal and garment industry, Li was able to earn enough money that she could afford to give much of it away.

In 1994, Li adopted her first orphan. After that, she couldn’t help but try and save as many of the abandoned children as she possibly could.

It’s parents like Li, and Anne Marie Gross, who adopted five children in a single instance, that make the world a better place.

Li is now 46 years old and the proud mother of 72 beautiful kids. If she hadn’t stepped in, who knows how they’d be faring today?

See Li’s incredible story of altruism below and SHARE if you wish you could help every child in need.

Meet Li Li Juan. Li became a millionaire in the 1980s due to her investments in the coal mining and garment industry.

Meet Li Li Juan. Li became a millionaire in the 1980s due to her investments in the coal mining and garment industry.

With her millions, Li had one mission: to adopt dozens of orphans who had been abandoned by their parents due to sickness or disabilities.

With her millions, Li had one mission: to adopt dozens of orphans who had been abandoned by their parents due to sickness or disabilities.

She spent her entire fortune caring for the children, but to her it was no cost. However, in 2008, her coal mine was shut down and she lost a great deal of her fortune.

She spent her entire fortune caring for the children, but to her it was no cost. However, in 2008, her coal mine was shut down and she lost a great deal of her fortune.

Soon after, in 2011, Li was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. Though she underwent some treatment, she almost immediately stopped. She didn't want to spend money on her own healthcare when it could be going to her 72 kids.

Soon after, in 2011, Li was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. Though she underwent some treatment, she almost immediately stopped. She didn't want to spend money on her own healthcare when it could be going to her 72 kids.

Even after selling a great deal of her property, Li is still in hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.

Even after selling a great deal of her property, Li is still in hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.

Yet, she still continues to home, feed, and nurture all of her children. She relies on her remaining income and the kindness of strangers who see her 72 children and lend a helping hand.

Yet, she still continues to home, feed, and nurture all of her children. She relies on her remaining income and the kindness of strangers who see her 72 children and lend a helping hand.

SHARE if this mom’s big heart inspires you!