Published on Momaha via Omaha.com earlier this week:
Earlier this month, I stood next to my son, Marcus, while he spoke to a room of more than 1,200 spectators. It was unbelievable to witness.
The event was the star studded “Be Beautiful, Be Yourself” fashion show, which took place Nov. 11 in Denver. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation hosts this event each year to raise money to continue research and improve medical care for people with Down syndrome. Marcus was named the 2017 “Be Beautiful, Be Yourself” Ambassador.
As the parent
Marcus’ Big Night
at the Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Event
Emotions and a Tribute Video
To start with, Marcus gave a speech in front of 1200+ people under the spotlights. (That speech is here). He spoke to journalists and faced the flashing cameras on the runway. (One of my favorites is here). And he ROCKED the runway. Marcus and the Stars!
SO, it’s been a week now.
One week since Mr. Marcus Sikora did his second runway walk at the Be Beautiful, Be Yourself fashion show. I can tell you now that at the event last year, Marcus told me that he wanted to give his own speech at this event. That it was not my idea. I even, gently, asked him a few times, “Are you sure?”
His answer, “Yes.”
So, he did.
Marcus in a top hat speaking at the podium of the Global Down Syndrome Event
We shared the video of his
Are you effing kidding me?! I want to tell you all about everything, but…is too much! Pictures are worth a thousand words, right? So let’s start with this video:
Alright, yeah, Jamie Foxx was cool.
Then there was Madeline Stuart, her Mum, and entourage, I was a bit of a fan-girl, there. I tried to look calm, but I’m not gonna lie – the fact that she walked alongside Marcus at the finale’ just made my heart EXPLODE.