A Love Beyond Limits: Matthew Schwab and Lucia Romano’s Inspiring Journey
Love knows no boundaries, and it certainly transcends societal expectations. In a heartwarming story that unfolded at GiGi’s Playhouse’s National Conference in Chicago, two incredible individuals, Matthew Schwab and Lucia Romano, celebrated not only their love for each other but also a profound commitment to advocacy and breaking barriers for the Down syndrome community. Having dated for 10 remarkable years, their recent engagement has not only captured the hearts of those close to them but has also become a viral sensation online.
At GiGi’s Playhouse’s National Conference earlier this month, Matthew Schwab, a dedicated board member at GiGi’s and the driving force behind “Matthew Schwab Speaks,” took the stage for a momentous occasion. In front of a supportive audience, he proposed to Lucia Romano, his partner in love and advocacy. With overwhelming joy, Lucia said YES, marking the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.
Matthew Schwab is more than just a loving partner; he is a passionate advocate for the disability community. Through his speaking business, “Matthew Schwab Speaks,” he hosts a podcast and travels across the country, spreading awareness about Down syndrome and championing the rights and acceptance of individuals with disabilities, especially in the workplace. He also works at Ruckus Pizza, Pasta, and Spirits in Cary and lives with his brother in an apartment in Apex. His dedication to this cause has not only made him a respected figure in the advocacy movement but has also inspired countless others.
Lucia Romano, an incredible young woman and advocate in her own right, lives with her parents in Chapel Hill, is bilingual, and has her driver’s license. She works several jobs, primarily at Purple Bowl and Weaver Street Market. Her commitment to fostering inclusivity and empowerment has made a significant impact on the community she serves. Together, Matthew and Lucia, who have taken ballroom dancing lessons for three years, form a powerhouse couple, proving that love and advocacy dance beautifully together.
The GiGi’s Playhouse community, a support network for individuals with Down syndrome and their families, is overjoyed to witness Matthew and Lucia’s engagement. Their love story exemplifies the values of GiGi’s Playhouse – love, acceptance, and the belief that everyone deserves a chance to lead a fulfilling life. The organization, which provides resources, programs, and support to the Down syndrome community, now celebrates the union of two of its own advocates.
In the age of social media, Matthew and Lucia’s proposal quickly gained traction online, going viral across various platforms. The outpouring of love and support from people around the world highlights the universal resonance of their story. This has surprised and delighted their families! By sharing their joy, Matthew and Lucia are breaking down stereotypes and showcasing that everyone, regardless of ability, deserves love, community, and acceptance.
Matthew Schwab and Lucia Romano’s love story is more than a tale of romance – it’s a testament to the power of advocacy, acceptance, and the boundless nature of love. As they embark on this new chapter in their lives, their journey serves as an inspiration to us all, reminding us that, indeed, everyone deserves to experience love and be embraced by a supportive community. In celebrating their engagement, we also celebrate the ongoing movement toward a more inclusive and compassionate world for individuals with Down syndrome and all those who strive to make it a reality.