Come So Far And Yet

 

Just less than thirty years ago, I was handed a book written for parents of a new baby with Down syndrome that began with, “Do not put your baby in an institution.” Literally, this was the first line of the book.

Still, a social worker asked if we were “taking the baby home.”

Sigh.

Today I know women who coach doctors and nurses about how to share information about possible, potential, and available, instead of “put away.”

Be Beautiful, Be Yourself

Last weekend Marcus and I attended an

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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

What a Week! With Photos and Video

Wow – The Last Four Short Years…

Marcus in his Downs Design Jeans as we head to Denver – June 2014

When I think of Marcus’ first audition to model at the “Be Beautiful, Be Yourself” Fashion show, I marvel at how far he has come. Back then he struggled to give a real smile and moved stiffly across the stage. What a journey!

Still, some attitudes from his first audition continue to be true today. That night in 2014 when the audition ended, he walked from the theatre and said,