Inspiring Stories

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Serra & Ela
Serra & Ela

Today was a pretty good day. It was Ela's first Special Olympics gymnastics meet, and she did an amazing job. Bringing home 4 golds and a silver (winning the all around for her age/level category), I can speak for my whole family when I say that we were proud. I have done gymnastics since I was 3 years old, and I love the sport so much, so seeing Ela not only competing, but succeeding and enjoying it, makes me even more appreciative of what gymnastics can do for people.

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My Uncle Peter
My Uncle Peter

My Uncle Peter was born in 1954, a challenging time for a child born with special needs.  It was a time of ignorance and judgement, with baby Peter’s life on the line.  The doctors took my grandparents, Pete and Eileen Panos, aside and said that someone in Peter’s condition with Down syndrome wasn’t supposed to live past the age of five.  My grandparents couldn’t believe it when the doctors advised them to put Peter into an institution where he could live out his few years.  “You already have 3 healthy children.  You don’t need this burden,” they had said.  My grandparents thought it over and decided that they would raise Peter with love for the years they had with him, and took him home.  They tried to give him the life he deserved, filled with care and love.

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Ted Kremer
Ted Kremer

Cheryl and Dave Kremer gave birth to their son, Ted, thirty years ago.  Ted was born with Down syndrome, and unfortunately, the doctors told his parents that he wouldn’t have a normal life.  They explained that Ted may never walk or talk.  Cheryl and Dave were determined to prove that theory wrong, so they took him home and raised him to be a strong, independent, respectful and intelligent young man.

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Miles & Devin
Miles & Devin

Today is National Down Syndrome Day, a day to celebrate some of my favorite people and the absolute joy they bring to this world. Down Syndrome is caused by a trisomy on Chromosome 21. And that extra chromosome has taught me so much about perspective, love, life, and happiness. Two of my best friends have Down Syndrome, and my life is forever changed by these two.

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Luke Day
Luke Day

After marrying my beautiful wife Allison nearly two years ago, my life was complete, but we felt something was missing.  We both brought two kids each into this marriage, myself: Joshua (Age 10) and Alexis (Age 7), and her: Zach (Age 11) and Jacob (Age9).  But we felt that having a child of our own would only complete our family more.  So, we decided to try and have our own child, and on the morning of February 14th, 2014, the Lord blessed us with a healthy 8 lb. 11oz. baby boy.

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Maddy & Eliza
Maddy & Eliza

I was at the hospital when my cousin, Eliza was born.  Eliza was born with Down syndrome, but that was ok with me.  I was so excited to finally have a girl cousin to play with!  Unfortunately, I ended up having to move away from Eliza....far away...across the country!  Even though we live far away, she still manages to make me and my family smile with funny videos and stories. 

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Gracin
Gracin

Gracin turned 3 in June, and for the first time I realized he is not a baby anymore.  I was struggling with the idea of letting him go to pre-school.  I thought – my little guy is not walking or talking…how could he possibly go to school?

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Rachael & Sarah
Rachael & Sarah

​When I was in third grade, I made a new friend when Sarah came to St. Ignatius. I looked forward to seeing her each morning, having lunch, and playing at recess. Although we attend different high schools, we are still able to do some of the same activities.

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Aubree Mae
Aubree Mae

In August 2012, my sister-in-law and I received the greatest news of our lives-we were expecting together! What a great journey and experience that is to have with your sister. In May 2013, we had our beautiful babies, Aubree and Marcus, born one day apart. Some people thought that was weird and unusual, I call it a true blessing from God.

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