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Teen brothers start foundation to help poor in Guatemala

There's nothing like a little sister from Guatemala to bind the hearts of stepbrothers. And when you add in tales of the challenges she might have faced in her homeland — the fact she nearly died — you have the makings of a foundation dedicated to easing the way for those who suffer from unmet needs.

That's the back story to The Four of Hearts Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization started by brothers Blake and TJ Kirkpatrick, now 19 and 17, and Jacob and Adam Johnson, now 17 and 14, after their blended family adopted 10-month-old Ellie in 2007.

They'd heard about her homeland from their mom, Kristin Johnson, who spent five months there waiting to bring Ellie, whose full name is Elizabeth Paige Johnson, home. Ellie, who is now 31/2, at one point nearly died because of her living conditions.

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