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Author, Speaker, and Down Syndrome Advocate

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Author and Down Syndrome Advocate- Most Recent Posts

The Video Of Marcus Speaking at the United Nations

Grown Ups & Downs, In the News|

For real. If you want #BlackDayBook and Grown Ups and Downs updates, not too often – I promise, Join the Club here! Here's what we said: Listening to Self-Advocates: Relate, Respond, and Amplify (Marcus parts in bold) Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m Marcus Wright Sikora. I wrote a book called Black Day: The Monster Rock Band. I’m a storyteller, an actor, and a singer. I’m glad to be here with people from around the world   talking about Down Syndrome. New York City is my favorite. This is my mom,

Parceling Love and Other Conundrums

Grown Ups & Downs|

The prompt today is “Love (a free-write)”. Free-writes are by nature personal and rambling. Also, because my laptop is having issues, we’re going Avant Garde with punctuation. The question mark will be signified with /. Enter at your own risk. Of the 468 blogs currently on my website, the search term “love” brings up 233 results. Of those, 12 “headlines” include love in the title.  So, yeah, I’ve been known to talk about love. To start with, there’s “WHAT ONE YOUNG MAN WITH DOWN SYNDROME

When it Comes to my Son with Down Syndrome, I’m Not an Optimist

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“We can still come back and win. It’ll only take 2 touchdowns and a field goal,” I said to my grandfather during one of the many brutal football bowl games of my childhood. “No. They won’t.” He sat with his arms crossed, defeat accepted, but he still watched the game to the end. “You’re a pessimist.” I moved to the floor in front of the TV. “I’m a realist,” he said. A Pessimist, an Optimist, a Realist "A realist," he explained to me, "doesn’t think the worst will happen

29 Years and Still…

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The day Marcus was born, and I was given that book, I remember these two things from page one: First: “Do not put your child in an institution.” Wait…What!?! No one is putting my child anywhere, what are you even talking about? Then secondly, the average life expectancy of a person with Down syndrome was 30 years. Keeping in mind I was 19 years old at the time, do you remember what 30 looked like when you were 19? There would be plenty of time.

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Changing the World

I shared this article with Marcus: "16 People With Down Syndrome Changing the World" He replied with "Yes, I am." This article from The Mighty rocks with some big-time accomplishments and names, including the Marcus Sikora. 🙂 On our Facebook Page - we encouraged everyone to share about the person with Down Syndrome you know - who is changing the world! Check out the full article on The Mighty Here.

By |November 21st, 2018|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Look Who’s on Yahoo Celebrity Lifestyle News!

The article begins... "Several celebrities walked the red carpet and the runway in the 10th anniversary “Be Beautiful, Be Yourself” Fashion Show Saturday, Oct 20. The crowd cheered and mingled with the likes of Colin Farrell, Jeremy Renner, Heather Graham and more! What makes this event especially impactful is the transformation of star-power when the models take to the runway. This photo is a great example. I mean come on! That guy in the background, he’s cool and famous and all (award-winning actor John C. McGinley) but I think we can all agree that Kate Winfield and Claire Hepburn are

By |November 7th, 2018|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Not New News, but News Worth Sharing

Talents of Omaha author Marcus Sikora shine in first children’s book A friend of mine sent me a picture of this article in print when it published two years ago. I stumbled upon the online version yesterdy while doing a Google search with my name mis-spelled. What? Nevermind, the crux is: Here's this cool article about Marcus! It begins: Omaha author Marcus Sikora, who created a children’s book about a monster band, recently met with first and second graders of Elkhorn’s Arbor View Elementary School, providing insight into the writing process of his first book. Sikora, who wrote the Halloween-themed

By |August 26th, 2018|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |0 Comments

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