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Author, Speaker, and Down Syndrome Advocate

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Author and Down Syndrome Advocate- Most Recent Posts

Eternally Grateful for the Ending that Wasn’t

Grown Ups & Downs|

They all lived happily ever…pleased me as a child. Even as an adult, I like a story to have a “happy ending.” In real life, though, how many happy endings are there, really? I shudder to think. I often Focus on Beginnings For example, the beginning of Marcus, my first and only child: A beautiful (of course) son, born with deep blue eyes (which stayed blue), a heart defect (which needed repair), and a triplicate of the 21st chromosome. When he was nearly two years old and weighed only

Where Creativity Grows

Grown Ups & Downs|

For those of you new around here, creating is a big deal in our house. Marcus, Quinn, and I are creative souls.  Our home is full of storytelling, improv, and music. And love allows for, promotes, and pushes us to keep creating. We create together and encourage separately, it’s an important dynamic in our love for each other and our love of art, music, words, stories, and on and on... The starving artist and other tropes that define creativity as coming only from pain (are) frequent and

A Home of Love and Laughter

Grown Ups & Downs|

Today we join the Love Blog Challenge and the topic is laughter. Hmmm…How do love and laughter combine? Many many stories come to mind. A Lifetime of Laughter Before we married, Quinn told me an anecdote from the old sitcom “Night Court.” The characters included the goofy judge, the “together” lawyer, and the grumpy-old-lady-guard. The “together” lawyer was lamenting the goofy judge’s capacity for silliness, how could they succeed in a forever relationship together when he refused to “grow up"? Concerns for his responsibility weighed upon her mind and

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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

By |November 9th, 2017|Categories: In the News|Tags: |0 Comments

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 -   

By |November 5th, 2017|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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