Monday, October 7, 2019

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month: The Many Faces of Down Syndrome

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month and to celebrate, I'd like to introduce you to some of the members of this amazing community that I became a part of when Ellie was born with Ds. While all people with Down syndrome carry 3 copies of the 21st chromosome and share some facial features, they are all unique individuals just like everyone else.  They look like their family members and they have their own interests and strengths.  

Wyatt is 10 years old. He loves his big brothers, walking on the beach, reading, superheroes and playmobil!

Camryn goes by Cammie and is 8 years-old.  She loves the dirt, rocks, popsicles, swinging, and sliding. She is all and all full of energy, happiness, and love.

Hannah is 18, a senior in high school. Hannah loves singing, dancing and drama. Plus bowling and tennis. We have just been given the exciting news that Hannah is on the Homecoming court!

Ishika Pande is 10 years old and she loves dancing . Isla is learning an advanced level of Indian classical dance and has had more than 20 performances on stage solo and group from age of 6 . Other than that she loves talking a lot , cooking her own recipes and dressing up.

Ian is 9 years old. He loves school ,swimming, and the park. Ian is quite the social butterfly!

Kayla is 16 years old and loves archery, golf, baseball, swimming, coloring, dancing, and her younger brother!

Ruby is 8 years-old.  She loves dancing, her pet dogs, and slushees!

Amber is 9 years-old and she loves swimming.  
She has the nickname of AwesomeAmberSkye!

Alex is a 24 year-old senior in the MasonLife program at George Mason University. He likes sports especially swimming and basketball. He likes hanging out with his friends, playing video games, going movies and going to parties or just grabbing a couple of beers and watching football on the weekends.

Avery is 12 years-old. She loves school, basketball, swimming and cheerleading.

Julian is 9 years old and he loves to color, draw, and read.  
He enjoys gymnastics, dance, swim, and making silly jokes.

Cora is 8 years-old. She loves puzzles, music, and reading.

Ellyssandra Corinne aka Sissy is 8 year-old baby B of surviving triplets. Elly loves music to dance and singing and signing her favorite song. She loves Moana and Mary Poppins and swimming and running. Elly loves hanging with her animals her dogs Billy (which was Elly's first word) and Daisy. Elly is good friend and happy girl ahe has enriched our lives and taught us so much. Mommy and daddy and big brother Jorge Jr. ^^8^^ and your little brother Rory couldn't be prouder of you Sissy. 💙💖💙Triplets Forever

Benji is 9 years-old and loves playing with his siblings.  
He loves books, music, and nerf guns.

This is Ellie aka Ellie Bellie Bear aka Princess Twinkletoes and she is 10 years-old.  She fancies herself to be a singer and fashionista.  She loves to dance, swim, and ride horses.

12/27/1958 - 12/14/2012
This blog post is in loving memory of my Aunt Peggy.  Peggy loved bowling, swimming, and listening to John Denver.  She passed away just a few days before her 54th birthday in 2012.  She was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, and great aunt.  Peggy, you are forever loved and forever missed.

A mask for kids with Down syndrome

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