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Author, Speaker, and Down Syndrome Advocate

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Author and Down Syndrome Advocate- Most Recent Posts

I’m Between Stories

The Innocent Prince|

About seven years ago, the first warning sign that my mother wasn’t herself was her inclination to comply. She would ask permission (it seemed) for small, simple things. She’d look to her husband, “is this OK?” It pricked my senses. What was happening? I didn’t see in him as desiring to control her. They had already been through her first round of cancer together. He took on his new role and became caregiver. It didn’t make sense. No. This was something else, this was the first symptom of Alzheimer’s

A bit about My Antonia and Nia, too

The Innocent Prince|

Once in a while, not often enough, I clear (or ignore) everything and carve with words. When the submission call went out for essays, fiction, and poetry inspired by Willa Cather's My Antonia, where could I even begin? How to honor one of the first novels that struck my heart on multiple levels?  I started by thinking essay, and its impact on me, but then I diverted to a new story instead. Certain lines and images tantalized me. I drove west. I watched the sunset and thought about the vast

Take Me Up and #WDSD19

Grown Ups & Downs|

"Up" by Timothy Wright The bright blue sky in this photo projects the endless pallet of possibility. The balloon displays the colors of diversity, happiness, hopefulness, cooperation, and potential; it brightens the sky with hope.  With a basket, it can carry us to an endless view of the world below, both vast yet suddenly insignificant. When the breezes push, we may hold hands and fascinate over the landscape, challenge our ideas of where the horizon stops, and float over minutia to embrace the vast.  The air we

Down Syndrome Author News, Events, Opinions

Front Page News

For the second time, Marcus is Front Page News.   Today's Headline: Omaha actor, writer, advocate wears many hats Ambassador for Down syndrome group will walk the runway this weekend It begins: Last year, Marcus Sikora — a 27-year-old Omaha writer, actor and fashion model with Down syndrome — got to walk the runway with an Oscar-winning actress. This weekend, he'll walk with another. Sikora is the 2017 ambassador for the Denver-based Global Down Syndrome Foundation. He's also a model in the organization's annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show. The events draw some pretty big names. Last year, Sikora

“(I like Black Day) because the author of it has Down Syndrome”

Children's author Marcus Sikora visited Horace Mann after receiving an award winning letter from a fifth grader. Marcus Sikora is the author of the children's book “Black Day”, a Halloween book about a boy wanting to be accepted into a monster band. Marcus Sikora got the idea for the book at a state park. “I was at Mahoney State Park,” Marcus Sikora said. “It’s a great place to think about monsters.” Marcus Sikora also draws his inspiration from activities he enjoys, especially theater. He has performed in local plays, and wrote a short one-act play. What is remarkable about Marcus

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Starter Press for Be Beautiful, Be Yourself

Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s fashion show brings out the stars Models with Down syndrome, such as 2017 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador Marcus Sikora, will be joined on the runway of next month’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show by such celebrities as Oscar-winning actress Maris Tomei, Eva Longoria, Joe Manganiello, Tony-winning Denis O’Hare, actor-author-comedian and Global board member John C, McGinley, Jamie Foxx and more. International supermodel and apparel designer Madeleine Stuart will receive the 2017 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award at the glamorous event. Read More -   

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Events

DSDN Rockin’ Mom Retreat

September 6 - September 7

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