Today is World Down Syndrome Day. March 21st. 3/21, chosen to signify the uniqueness of 3 copies of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
For the past few years I’ve followed amazing moms who’ve made incredible strides towards awareness of abilities, inclusion and more for their babies with Down syndrome. I’ve silently cheered them on, occasionally donating to their causes, never thinking their cause would personally hit home. One of those is a mother to sweet Ruby and the founder of Ruby’s Rainbow, an organization who grants scholarships to young adults with Down Syndrome so they can attend college.
Like most parents I want my children to be able to accomplish their dreams, whatever they may be. This hope is no different for my little Zeke but perhaps more worrisome. My worry does not come from a place of doubting his abilities, I have no doubt that our sweet baby will accomplish so much more than we dream possible for him. But worries of the limits that the rest of society may place on him and others with Down syndrome. Times are changing and with organizations like Ruby’s Rainbow and many other parents paving the way, stereotypes and limitations will be knocked down. Ruby’s Rainbow has story after story of determined individuals with Down syndrome that are achieving their dreams. They have a goal of raising $100,000 so that many more scholarships may be provided to these deserving young adults with big dreams. Reading the stories of past scholarship recipients has helped give me hope that soon more people will begin to see everyone for the things they CAN accomplish instead of the things that they cannot.
I donated $21 to Ruby’s Rainbow today. They ask that each person that donates $21, encourages 3 friends to also donate $21. If this could happen, they’d quickly be at their goal. If you feel compelled, please use the link below and we can see how many donations Zeke personally inspired.
In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness day, Zeke is showing off … he’s rolled over 5 times so far today! He’s getting stronger every day, holding his head up like a champ and smiling and giggling constantly. Showing us all the things he CAN do!
Thank you for showing your love to this amazing momma and organization. I hope I can be as big an advocate for Zeke and all of my boys as she has been for her little Ruby.
Much love to you all!