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Author and Down Syndrome Advocate- Most Recent Posts

Dignity, Risk, Harness, Support

Grown Ups & Downs|

As for me...   To be clear, When I look at this view I am not filled with excitement or exhilaration. I am filled with fear and anxiety. It’s said that fear can’t kill you...I wonder. I’ve mentioned before about my father and brothers, they often make decisions pursuing pleasure, whereas I often make decisions based on avoiding pain. In fact, I wonder if we even process pain, and the memory of pain, in the same ways. In the strengths finder application, my brother, Tim (who took this photo)

The Most Generous Holiday

Grown Ups & Downs|

Halloween It’s no surprise to me how many people we’ve met that tell us that Halloween is their  favorite holiday, and/or the favorite of a person they love with Down syndrome. There’s a lot of theatrics to Halloween. You can be whatever you want and people are like…cool! In my experience, Halloween is the most generous of holidays. Although it can be secular in who may choose to participate, it’s not secular on who is welcomed and included. In fact, everyone is included no matter how

Legacy of Love

Grown Ups & Downs|

Immortality One day, several years ago, my father asked me, “Why do you want to be a writer?” “Immortality” I answered. I think this is common for artists. Since accepting the challenge to write and share about Legacy, I’ve seen it sprinkled in many songs and art references. Pretty much the entire musical of Hamilton is obsessed with the theme of legacy. Early in 2018, the lead singer of The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, died at 46. Forty-Six. Too young. She touched many lives in her

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

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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