Oh, wow. Just Wow!

I just wanted to let you all know that to date, we have raised $1,730.00 for our walk. I dreamed we would raise $1,500.00….you are all incredible. Thank you so much. If you’ve been thinking of giving, there is still plenty of time! Even though the walk is tomorrow, you can donate for the next couple of weeks. But as they say in Public Radio, why wait?

I heard a figure the other day that 95% of the operating budget for PCDS (our local Down’s support group) comes from this walk. What do they do? They have a new member’s dinner in just a couple of weeks to connect familes who are new to the world of Down Syndrome. They have a christmas party. They send out HUGE support packets to new familes, make contact with these families personally. They send members to national conferences and bring back information that will help us here in Michigan. They care, they show us what life is like when living with a child with Down Syndrome, and that life is sweet.

This past week I had the pleasure of meeting a woman who has a 45-year old daughter with Down Syndrome. She was telling me how different things were 45 years ago for a couple in a hospital that gave birth to a child with Downs…her doctor really pushed for institutionalization. Today her daughter lives independantly in a group home setting. She travels, holds a job, has many friends, and a very rich life.

I know that you have all heard this before from me, but I really am passionate about this. Events in our lives make us aware of what is important, and this is so important. Taking care of our children, all our children, and teaching them to be independant, to challenge themselves, to be compassionate, and to be accepting of others who may look different is so important. Thank you all again for all of your support…ALL support. Thank you for supporting our walk and for supporting our life with Ben. We really really appreciate it.

3 Responses to “Oh, wow. Just Wow!”

  1. dc_chick06 Says:

    Congrats on reaching, and exceeding your goal! I hope the walk goes well, and I hope the weather is nice too!

    -Brany VC

  2. zoobily_zoo Says:

    Hey there! We really want to donate, we’ll get it together this week hopefully.

    Also, we’re down to one car so my transportation as of the last month has been cut off. But I’ll give you a call soon to catch up. I hope your stay at home is going well & I hope you all have a riot tomorrow!

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