“I was only supposed to be there 3 days,” Racing adventure takes a turn for Jose

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Jose is 11, and his caregivers describe him as active and curious.

So, it made perfect sense to take him racing at Pole Position Raceway.

It was a busy day for Jose, full of donuts and adventures.

"Ah, gosh, y'all are trying to kill me?" he jokingly asked, as he picked out a donut.

He chose a donut with sprinkles and took his favorite kind to-go.

"I like these, but I mainly like apple fritters."

Jose has been with DHS for five years.

He lives in a group home with more than a dozen children going through the same challenges. Still, he manages to keep a positive and sweet attitude.

He also has an appetite for adventure, so NewsChannel 4 reporter Lacey Lett put him behind the wheel.

First, he went behind the big wheel of a go kart under a pseudonym.

"Lord Vader," he proclaimed as his racing name. "I just come up with crazy names."

Then, he moved on to a pint-sized adventure on a dirt track.

It was a special treat for a very special boy.

Lett sat down with Jose and talked about what life has been like for him.

"A long time ago, when I first came into DHS custody, I was in a shelter. I was only supposed to be there three days, but it turns out I'm permanent. Three days and they couldn't come and get me, so it's like a long time. But, then, they gave up on me and, now, I'm in permanent DHS," Jose said. "I was only 5 when it happened."

Since then, he's grown up without a permanent family. But, his independence has helped him in school, and he is proud of his achievements.

"I'm good at Legos, smart in school, get my homework done," Jose said.

And, his favorite subject?

"I'd say science,” Jose said. “I'm the best at math."

He wants to be in the Army when he grows up because he loves giving back.

So much, in fact, that when Jose was at Dunkin Donuts, he chose to take a fritter home. But, outside the donut shop, he saw a homeless man. So, in an act of selfless generosity, Jose offered his donut to the man who was obviously in need.

It was a gesture so giving for someone who has his own struggles.

Jose also knows where he wants to go with his future family.

“Camping and fun places that have a lot of people," Jose said.

But, for now, he wants parents who will treat him with respect.

"Kind, caring, loving," Jose said.

If you want to adopt Jose, call 405-767-2955 or visit the DHS website.

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