Monday, October 28, 2013

October, 2013 Down Syndrome Awareness... Day 27

Meet Ciarra.

She is 15, a freshman at Brewer High School and a cheerleader.   
To say she loves cheering is probably an understatement.  
 I’m pretty sure it’s who she is.   
It’s what she does.  

She also has Down Syndrome.

I have known Ciarra and her mother Michelle since Josh was born.  I have never met them in real life, but they were among the first people I found online when I did my google search for families to connect with, to learn from and be inspired by.  

Inspired am I…

When I asked Michelle what she wanted you to know about this story… what she would tell others… she simply responded that she would tell others to have faith, and never be afraid to let your kids try things (like cheering).  

If I know Michelle, I think she knew Ciarra would be fabulous with pom poms… 
I think what has both surprised her and humbled her tho is just how 
fabulous everyone ELSE has been.  

This story is inclusion at its finest.   

But, I think what touched me the most is that it’s also completely UNstaged.  
 It’s not inclusion because they have to or because someone told them to.
It’s not uncomfortable or difficult or fake. 

 It’s just friends. 

The cheering squad at Brewer High School get it.   
And it’s a wonderful thing.

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