Recent Events


John Wilson Memorial Award

John will receive the John Wilson Memorial Award, a great honor, in recognition of John’s striving for excellence. This award will be presented to John Thursday, November 3, 2011, at the Awards Reception of the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children Convention in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.


Watch Dateline NBC on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Be sure to watch Dateline NBC

on Sunday, April 10, 2011

To see John's amazing story! - 7 PM Eastern Time


St. Mary’s Center 620 West Pine Street (Pine and D Streets) Mahanoy City, PA 17948

an afternoon with

John Lahutsky
co-author of

The Boy from Baby House 10

Sunday, November 21, 2010
3:00 PM

St. Mary’s Center
620 West Pine Street (Pine and D Streets)
Mahanoy City, PA  17948

Come and hear John share his journey from an orphanage in post-Soviet Russia 
to a loving home in Bethlehem PA

Sponsored by St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Youth
For more information, or if bringing a large group, 
Please call Margaret Shemansik at 570-773-1382

Free Admission / Open to the Public

The Boy from Baby House 10
By Alan Philps and John Lahutsky
Published by St. Martin’s Press



Thursday, August 26, 2010 John will be speaking at 7 pm at the


Rhoades Downtown Center

1-7 West Center Street
Mahanoy City, PA 17948


Bethlehem Salvation Army

John will be speaking at the Bethlehem Salvation Army Thursday, July 1 at 10:45 AM

521 Pembroke Road, Bethlehem PA


Freedom High School

John will be signing his book

The Boy from Baby House 10

at 12 noon at the

Freedom High School LOVES BOOK


Saturday, March 27, 2010

on the front lawn of


3149 Chester Ave.
Bethlehem PA 18020
(Rain? In the gym!)


AfterWords Café

Moravian College’s Zinzendorf Society presents:

A Night with Teen-Author, John Lahutsky

Monday, February 15, 2010
7 pm

AfterWords Café

Lower Level, Reeves Library

~Refreshments provided~

Brought to you by the Zinzendorf Society in conjunction with the Friends of Reeves Library and Sigma Tau Delta With the help of USG funding.

About John:
John was born in Moscow, Russia in 1990. A preemie who weighed only two pounds at birth, John miraculously survived, despite the questionable level of medical technology available in Russia at that time. This was the first indication of John’s remarkable spirit, a spirit that allowed him to survive under enormously difficult circumstances in the years to come and to never give up hope for a better future. When John was eighteen months old, his birth parents abandoned him and his six-year-old sister Olga. The children were separated, with Olga going to one orphanage and John to another. John languished in the Stalinistic orphanage system which treated him as less than human because of his physical disability resulting from cerebral palsy. There were valiant attempts by concerned individuals, including Sarah and Alan Philps and a young Russian woman named Vika, to rescue John from this system, a system that placed John in an adult mental asylum at age six. But it was not until 1999, when he was 9 ½ years old, that John’s life turned around dramatically as he was adopted by Paula Lahutsky who became his mother forever. They live in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania with their chihuahua named Jambo. Currently, John is an honor roll student in the Bethlehem Area School District at Freedom High School where history is his favourite subject. He enjoys giving presentations about his life and his book The Boy from Baby House 10.


Borders in Whitehall, PA

Book Signing - The Boy from Baby House 10

2 PM Saturday, December 12, 2009

Borders in Whitehall

1937 Whitehall Mall

Whitehall, PA 18052



Barnes and Noble

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Book Fair Fundraiser for the Bangor Area High School Band

Barnes and Noble

4445 Southmont Way

(intersection of Route 33 and Freemansburg Avenue)
Easton, PA 18045

Phone 610-515-0376

The book fair will be held from 5 PM to 9 PM

John will be signing books from 6:30 PM to 8 PM


East HillsMiddle School

Bethlehem AreaSchool District Board of Education Meeting
Monday, November 16, 2009, 7 PM

East HillsMiddle School

2005 Chester Road

Bethlehem PA  18020

At this meeting, during the superintendent’s verbal report, John will be recognized for his accomplishments in co-authoring The Boy from Baby House 10.


Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA)

The Boy from Baby House 10


Please join us for the book signing by John Lahutsky

Sunday, October 25, 2009

at the  

Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA)

Central Pennsylvania District Convention


St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church

1034 2nd Avenue

Alpha NJ 08865

Divine Liturgy at 9:30

Book Signing in the church social hall immediately following the Divine Liturgy