Dreams become realities for 2 TSU employees: Hurricane Harvey brings unexpected baby girl; 72-year-old graduates college

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HOUSTON —There are major milestones that we all celebrate in life, and two Texas Southern University employees found their blessings in major ways right around the same time.

One such milestone is motherhood. Sometimes it's planned, sometimes it's unexpected, and thanks to Hurricane Harvey, Dr. Bernada Baker became one -- and as Mother's Day nears -- it's becoming official.

Baby Bella and her dad were living in a car that was swept away by the storm. That's when Baker opened her door and her heart to the pair. She grew attached fell in love with the little girl.

Bella's father went in search for permanent employment and wanted Bella to have a stable home. He agreed to an open adoption, and Baker needed to raise $15,000 to make it legal.

Cricket Wireless, along with local rapper Paul Wall, made a surprise donation in the form of a $4,500 to go toward adoption fees and Baker also received $500 in Mother’s Day gifts.

Another awe-inspiring person, 72-year-old Doris Blake, is proving it's never too late to further your education. On Saturday, Blake will have the esteemed honor of walking across the graduation stage at TSU with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

It's been a long 34-year journey for the soon to be grad, who also works at the university. Blake hopes her story will inspire others to never give up on their dreams.

Two amazing women doing amazing things that all of us can be proud of. Let's keep #GlowingUp. Congrats to all.

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