By Larry Kane
Produced by Timothy McLaughlin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Twelve-year-old Tymiene is a video game fanatic.

“I’m a game freak!” he says.

From sports games to role-playing games, he plays them all.  Which ones does he prefer?

“Games that are… not easy. Games that take long to beat.”

And Tymiene was unusually candid when we asked him to describe himself:

“Nice, funny, and I really can’t watch people get hurt.”

He says he means it selflessly — he wants to help people:

“(If) somebody just now, right in front of me, got hurt, I would help them but it would be hard for me to watch,” he explains.

Gloria Hochman, of the National Adoption Center, based in Philadelphia, says Tymiene’s compassion says a lot about him.

“I don’t know whether he meant physical pain or psychic pain,” Hochman says, “but he’s had a lot of pain in his life. Because he’s twelve years old.  And imagine what it must be like to be twelve years old and not have a permanent family.  And it’s very courageous of him to come and talk about the kind of family that he wants.”

For more information about adopting Tymiene or any other “Wednesday’s Child,” go to the National Adoption Center’s web site,, or call 215-735-9988.

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