Happy Birthday, Admiral Ocean Freireich

All photos provided by Admiral’s mother, Mika.

“Almost immediately after meeting Vanessa, Admiral and Rei were indirectly kicked out of school,” Mika says.

Admiral eating Taco Bell in celebration after submitting her name change paperwork

“What’s your name?

Admiral Ocean Freireich.

“[Vanessa] is coming to Admiral’s name change court date. In a little over a year, we have gone from feeling so lonely and scare to feeling lucky and supported. It all started with one act of compassion from Vanessa. It was about feeling seen and heard. We needed that first and foremost. Vanessa gave us ways to find more community.”

Left to Right: Admiral with brother, Rei, and Mika (first photo); Admiral after her first year of Brownies (second photo); Admiral with Rei and Ben (third photo)
Admiral with Rei and their dog, Emerson (second photo)
Left to Right: Admiral with her best friend, Juliet (first photo); Admiral with her friend and neighbor, Ella (second photo)

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