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GiGi & Nancy on the Go!

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GiGi and Mario in the house at GiGi's 2017 Gala in March!

GiGi and Mario Lopez at the GiGi's Gala 2017

Thank you NBC and Steve Harvey and Ford Foundation for believing in our families!

Steve Harvey and Ford Foundation Donation

GiGi, Val and I rockin Generation G on the set of ABC's Windy City Live!

On the Set of ABC's Windy City Live

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The Ripple Effect

Recently GiGi & I were in New Orleans doing a corporate event for the GiGi’s Playhouse New Orleans start-up team. While we were there we also were doing a book signing, we took an Uber to the signing and our uber driver was 81 years old, had 7 siblings and 33 Grandchildren! One of his…

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Keeping a promise, even when it is scary.

      When this picture popped up in my memories on Facebook, earlier this week, I got that same pit in my stomach that I had 6 years ago. Will this work, can we pay for it, did I go too far? Where am I going to get a million dollars to pay for…

GiGi’s Playhouse & The Peanut Butter Falcon. It starts with a promise.

GiGi’s Playhouse & The Peanut Butter Falcon. It starts with a promise.

The making of The Peanut Butter Falcon is not much different than the story of GiGi’s Playhouse!   Doing the impossible and changing the way the world views Down syndrome!  Like GiGi’s, this project started with a promise.  I promised GiGi I would change the way the world saw Down syndrome. Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz…

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Why Do Media Portrayals of Kids with Down Syndrome Matter So Much to Us?

I was so torn over the controversy about the Today Show segments with Shawn Johnson and Andrew East.  First of all, congratulations to Shawn and Andrew! Every new parent should be congratulated, and every child should be celebrated. The anticipation of a new baby is one of the best possible gifts we get in our lives!! …

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Why is this a big deal?

GiGi will be singing the National Anthem at the Chicago Cubs game on June 25th! Just take a moment to think about that! She will be giving hope to so many people who have watched their loved ones struggle to say just one word let alone sing the entire National Anthem! So GiGi’s Playhouse will…

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Like a Boss!

After a whirlwind weekend at the Grand Opening of our 43 GiGi’s location in Charlotte North Carolina, GiGi still managed to unpack and get herself ready for school. As she was leaving for school, she said: “Can I go to the board meeting tonight after my work out?” The girl is a go-getter! She loves…

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Determination & Letting Go

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is feeling fresh and excited about the new opportunities that 2019 holds! Let’s go get all we want! 2018 buried me in unfinished family business, Playhouse business, book business, and mom business! I am trying to navigate it all, but I think I am going to refer to the movie…

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Can’t stop! Won’t Stop! (but I will remember to stop and enjoy the moments)

Have you ever been so busy that when you finally take a breath and you hear birds chirp that you are surprised by that beautiful sound?  I have had my head so buried that I was not seeing, or hearing, the beauty all around me!  This happens to me sometimes and I need to pull…

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One Million Voices? It is possible!

When I think about reaching one million voices, I literally get sick to my stomach, thinking how are we going to make this happen??? It’s impossible! Then I think back to the very first Playhouse and I remember multiple people asking if they could open one. More than one?? I can’t even handle this one,…

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Does anyone have a cassette player?

At the recent opening of our 38th GiGi’s Playhouse location in Tampa Florida, I was reminded and touched by the incredible love of siblings multiple times. First, in all of the siblings playing with their sibling with Down syndrome, helping them, laughing, sometimes fighting(have to keep it real) but always caring. Then by a woman…

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