Since Adriel’s mother was unable to leave the family home, he spent much of youth going up and down the streets of Brejo dos Santos, Brazil on his bicycle. 

Over the years, a few of the town’s shop owners were won over by Adriel’s warm personality and they took him in as an extension of their own families. Adriel has friends and people who care for him — but his greatest wish of a cleft surgery remains unfulfilled.