Planning a wedding is probably one of the most stressful stages of getting married. Regardless of being the love of each other’s lives, couples often find themselves disagreeing over some things they want at their wedding. But for Chris Garafola, it’s all pretty simple. The soon-to-be-married model only had one non-negotiable for the wedding—for a
The other half of a famous married couple has sadly succumbed to COVID-19. Keeping a marriage intact is a difficult task in itself, which made the 25-year marriage of Maryanne and Tommy Pilling all the more remarkable. Married in 1995, the couple from Shoeburyness in Essex became the first pair with Down syndrome to marry
This young mom became emotional upon seeing dolls with Down syndrome for sale at her local Kmart store in Australia. Brodee, 20, has a three-year-old son named Elijah, who was born with the condition. So when she got word of Kmart’s new toy collection, she rushed into the store to buy a couple for her
This 21-year-old man with Down syndrome is continuously breaking barriers, and he has no plans of stopping. His latest feat? Landing a job at a popular nationwide delivery service. Jake Pratt of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, recently added one more item to his growing list of accomplishments: securing a position at UPS as a package runner.
A 24-year-old woman with Down syndrome is finding her place in the world and is inspiring people like her to do the same. Last month, Grace Strobel was introduced as the newest ambassador of the brand Obagi, making her the first American model with Down syndrome to represent a skincare line. The Down Syndrome advocate,
Our beliefs are influenced by the things we see, and that also applies to seemingly mundane objects like toys. Remember how, as little girls, we were completely enamored by our dolls? We look at them and think they’re so beautiful that we can’t help but aspire to look like them when we grow up. Back
Chris Nikic is a strong-willed young man. If he says he’ll do something, he’ll follow through no matter how tough the circumstances. That’s exactly what he did last Saturday when he made history as the first Ironman triathlon finisher with Down syndrome. The grueling race comprised a 2.4-mile swim, 26.2-mile run, and a 112-mile bike ride,
Babies may be small, yet they’re able to give us so much by merely existing. These angels bring us love, laughter, and joy; they are a ray of sunshine in every household! These little beings are truly a delight, and this baby with Down syndrome from Texas is no different. This 8-month-old baby girl has
Evgeny Anisimov became the happiest man in the world when his son, Misha, was born. But all the joy and excitement he was feeling at the time flew out the window when the doctors said: “I fear that your baby has Down Syndrome.” Upon hearing those words, Evgeny was overcome with a whirlwind of emotions.
As a Special Olympics gold medalist in swimming, Colby Douglas is used to hearing crowds cheer for his name during sports events. Recently, Colby heard people cheering for him once again, but it was for a different win – his successful recovery from the coronavirus. The 21-year-old Pequannock, New Jersey, native, who was born with
An emotional student’s visit to the cemetery has moved thousands of people. This is the story behind it. When Paul Marshall, Jr. heard his name announced on graduation day, he danced across the football stadium to claim his diploma. The teenager has officially graduated from Haughton High School, and he couldn’t be prouder of himself
We rarely see people with disabilities featured in ad campaigns, but that trend is slowly changing as more and more companies are promoting inclusivity in their marketing initiatives. Ellie Goldstein, an 18-year-old model from Essex, England, just starred in an Instagram campaign by Gucci Beauty. She’s the first model with Down Syndrome to pose for