When my daughter Sofia was born with Down syndrome, our family became part of a very special community. Our connections may be in person, or just over the Internet. We may live near each other and get to see each other regularly, or we may live so far apart that our “In Real Life” connections are few and far between. But our ties are strong. We are there to support each other, through good times and bad.
This past winter, Sofia was entered in a contest, to try to win a special adaptive bicycle. She didn’t win. But one of my Down syndrome friends, Maria, who had tragically lost her own daughter as an infant, surprised me. At her suggestion, the First Congregational Church of Holliston (MA) raised the money, and are buying Sofia an adaptive bike! The members of the church have never met Sofia. We are not part of their direct community. But because of our connection to the amazing Down syndrome community, they raised nearly $2000 to purchase this special bicycle for Sofia.
Now it’s our turn. My friend Rebecca lives in Iowa. We met via an online support group for parents of children with Down syndrome, and we managed to meet in real life several years ago. Rebecca is a single mom. She has a Masters Degree, and works as a researcher. She is also a talented designer; she designed my own Blog layout for me years ago. She has two children at home. The glorious Elianah has Down syndrome, as well as Epilepsy. She is a year older than my Sofia. Her big brother, Chandler, has Aspergers, and has been bullied so much in school that he now has PTSD. Both of these children have frequent medical appointments, and the occasional emergency trip to the ER.
On April 1, Rebecca’s car was hit. She was sitting at a light when another car slammed into her. The insurance company declared it totaled, but did not give her enough money to purchase a replacement. There is no public transportation available where they live.
She needs another $3000 to purchase a vehicle. I would like very much to “pay it forward."
Please help me raise $3000 for Rebecca and her kids.