Candace comes from a big family; 11 children to be exact. The youngest child was born with Down syndrome. Candace shares her special relationship with Angelita and how she has impacted her family and life for good.
Down syndrome- Trisomy 21
Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her husband Brian Rodgers found out their son Cole had Down syndrome at his birth. “It was tough. The doctors laid out a lot of things and it was very difficult. The fear of the unknown is what is overwhelming in that moment. Go talk to other people, don’t make an isolated decision. Educate yourself, I remember when we go the news about Cole, that so much of it was focused on the negative. It was focused on what health issues he may have or other challenges. Rather than really being told what the potential was.”
While looking through adoption files from an orphanage in Yerevan Armenia, Sarah saw a picture of Maria, who has Down syndrome. Sarah told us, ” I saw Maria’s face, and I had seen many other faces over the years, and they are always just so cute and you want to adopt them all, but something was very different when I saw Maria’s face. It’s like God told me, “that’s your daughter, go get her!”
There were suspicions in utero that their baby would have Down syndrome, but they didn’t know for sure until he was point. After a lot of study and then ultimately meeting their son with Down syndrome, they have decided Grayson is perfect the way he was born.
Typical of that time era, David and his wife were encouraged to place their daughter, Sharmi, who had Down syndrome in a state institution. They chose to keep Sharmi at home. A decision David is grateful for. Sharmi’s sister, Valerie, eventually became her...
Austin is a six year old boy who has Down syndrome. His parents, Tiffany and TJ, share what a joy he is in their lives and to their families. Tiffany and TJ are heavily involved in their local Down syndrome association which brings awareness and inclusion...
Larkin is the only known child to have Down syndrome and SMA, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Her 12 years of life have been difficult, but worth every minute.
When Wil was born with Down syndrome, his father thought his world was over. He has since realized, what a blessing Wil is to family and strangers alike.
Laura and Devin had only been married for three years when Laura’s youngest sister, Annie, came to live with them. Annie has Down syndrome and was 13 years old when her mother passed away. Laura and Devin share the positive impact Annie has had on their family...
After going through some challenging, family experiences, Mercedes and Andy decided to adopt a child with Down syndrome. They are forever grateful they did.
Jennifer’s whole life has been shaped by her sister, Vanessa, who has Down syndrome. She wishes everyone could experience the wonderful life she has had.