The Hailey Herald

The Hailey Herald

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Time to Celebrate!

Everyone has their own traditions.  Everyone has their own celebrations.  We know that we have a few family "woohoo's" that are different than other families.  We love St. Patrick's Day because Hailey came home from the NICU that day to be with her family.  We love July 12 because that is the anniversary of Hailey's open...the day Hailey was given a second chance at living.

 We also celebrate World Down Syndrome Day which is this Saturday, March 21. 3-21...the significance in that is that individuals with Down syndrome have 3 copies of the 21st chromosome.  We are celebrating again this year with our county group of the Down syndrome association of Greater Cincinnati.  It is a wonderful get together of families that have a child with Down syndrome. This year we have 160 people planning to attend (this is just families from a two county area).  That's quite a party!!!  We are looking forward to an obstacle cource, open gym, swimming, dancing, pizza, cake and celebrating with other families.  Hopefully, I can convince my diva into getting her nails painted again.  She doesn't like sitting down long enough to get them painted!

There are other ways to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.  This was taken from the World Down Syndrome Day website.  In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, the National Down Syndrome Congress and six other national Down syndrome organizations are promoting "Random Acts of Kindness" in the United States.  In collaboration with Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action, Global Down Syndrome Foundation, International Down Syndrome Coalition, International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, Lumind Foundation and National Down Syndrome Society, we have created a toolkit for WDSD 2015 that you can use to share information about Down syndrome with your community, celebrate people with Down syndrome, and spread a little love and kindness in the name of Down syndrome!   It's as easy as 1-2-3-4!

The kids and I have decided that we are going to attempt 21 random acts of kindness...unfortunately, we have started a little late.   I wonder if we can get them all finished in 2 days.  I guess we shall see.

What will you do to honor Hailey and all the other individuals with Down syndrome?  Nothing is too big or too small!

I would love to hear what you did!


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