Claire's Care Bears
Hi! I’m Claire, and I’m 7 months old. My parents would say I’m the most laid-back baby there ever was. I love to sleep, cuddle, smile, blow raspberries, babble, play with my hands and feet, and I love my mama’s singing. I can take your breath away by my intense eye contact. I’m a very social girl already!
I surprised everyone when I was born, by having Down syndrome. At first, my parents were scared and had a lot of questions about my diagnosis. It was a rough beginning with 22 days in the NICU, and then a 3-night hospitalization for an upper respiratory infection. I proved time and time again how strong I am! I have come a long way in 7 months now. I attend Kids First in Lowell, and I work really hard during therapy sessions! I have made some new friends, and because of me, my parents have met some amazing people. I have the best big sister, Abigail!
During my NICU stay, one of the biggest blessings was the outreach of the Down Syndrome Connection of Northwest Arkansas (DSCNWA). This group not only came by and visited, but provided us with resources and support where we needed it. With their help, and because of our friends/family, my parents never felt alone embarking on this new journey.
There are a number of ways that you can be a part of “Claire’s Care Bears” and provide support:
- Walk with me in the Inclusion Walk on Saturday, October 14th at Arvest Ballpark (Event 10 - 1 pm, Walk at 11:30 am)
- Make an online donation here to my team to support the Inclusion Walk and the DSCNWA
- Tell others about the Inclusion Walk and the great work of the DSCNWA organization
October is Down syndrome awareness month. We hope that you will join us, celebrate the many wonderful qualities of people with Down syndrome, & walk with us. The Inclusion Walk is the main fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Connection of Northwest Arkansas. No matter how you decide to support us, we want to thank you. DSCNWA has made a huge difference for our family & has provided us support in many ways. We hope to see you there!
Register for the Inclusion Walk
CLICK HERE to register for the Inclusion Walk on October 14th and to join Claire's Care Bears. Even though registration is FREE, please register online before coming to the event.