Volunteer of the Year- Anna Bruce

Like many families involved with GiGi’s Playhouse, Anna Bruce found GiGi’s when her son, Camden, was born with Down syndrome. She was part of a group of people in the Southern Tier, New York, who led a pop-up Playhouse idea… but after a phone call in 2017, they ultimately realized...
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My brother Winston

A Down Syndrome Awareness Month Entry, submit your story here. ———- Submitted by Tamara I am #7 of 10 kids. My oldest sister lived one day. The next child, Winston, was born with a severe case of Down syndrome. He is non-verbal, highly dependent, and had heart surgery to save...
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Truist Financial Creates Meaningful Change

GiGi’s Playhouse was blessed to have a new National Sponsor, Truist Financial, partner with us for GiGiFit Acceptance Challenge (GFAC) in 2022. Truist believes their environmental, social, and corporate governance contributions are more than a responsibility—they’re an opportunity to fulfill our purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities....
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Fargo Playhouse Reopens Better Than Ever

On May 11, 2021, tragedy struck the GiGi’s playhouse network. The Fargo playhouse burned down, and we were all heartbroken. It would have been easy to feel defeated by this event, but that just isn’t the GiGi’s way. The National Office team jumped into action handling all legal and insurance needs...
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What Down Syndrome Can Teach Us Now 

by Katie Carper   When I married nearly 20 years ago, I never dreamed I’d be parenting four kids, one with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and Autism. I had no intention of managing what feels like a circus most days–not that I was opposed to circus life or extra...
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Amazing improvements with the right supports

Down Syndrome Awareness Month Entry, submit your story here. ---------- Eli has an amazing service dog by the name of Nicky II, or as Eli endearingly calls him, "Nicky noodle." Since Eli received Nicky, he's become more independent. He was potty trained within months of receiving him. Eli helps care...

Jenny – A Musician with Down Syndrome!!

Down Syndrome Awareness Month Entry, submit your story here. ---------- Jenny Anne Lowther- Musician with Down Syndrome!! Jenny & I want to encourage everyone to do their best, pursue their Dreams, & never give up! Jenny & Nancy Lowther’s Musical Entertainment has been described as Great Music, Unique Combination, &...
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My granddaughter Remi

Down Syndrome Awareness Month Entry, submit your story here. ---------- My granddaughter, Remi, was born on August 15, 21. She's been such a blessing. My daughter has given permission to share what she wrote... Why do I overshare Remi Jean, my daughter with Down Syndrome, with you? To teach, to...
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Redefining Down syndrome

Down Syndrome Awareness Month Entry, submit your story here. ---------- I have a brother who has Down syndrome, and that is the least interesting thing about him! He is an actor, a singer, a student, a drummer, a boyfriend, a friend, a dancer, a gymnast, a basketball player, a public...

My Special Sweet Pea LeLe

Down Syndrome Awareness Month Entry, submit your story here. ---------- By: Alecia Harrison I want to share with you some photos of my Angel and Princess Alecia Harrison. This young lady is Truly Remarkable and Supernatural. You will see pics of her where she liss hair due to very critical...
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My sister, Ali

Down Syndrome Awareness Month Entry, submit your story here. ---------- My sister, Ali, who is fourteen months younger than me, is the most hard-working, resilient, and compassionate person I have ever met. She can make just about anyone laugh, her presence lights up every room she walks into, and the thought of...

The Cromwell Family Story 

Down Syndrome Awareness Month Entry, submit your story here. ---------- We started on our journey as a family with a child expected to have Down Syndrome at 11-12 weeks, initially by the nuchal fold measurement, then through the genetic screening, and confirmed through the CVS test on the last day,...