On November 18 2009 at 4:02 am William Alan Bartosch was joyfully welcomed into our family. He weighed in at 7 lbs 9 oz and 20 in long. We were stunned to discover that he was born with Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome. We love him unconditionally from the top of his toe-head to the tips of his toes. We know that this diagnosis will not define him. He is a happy, healthy little boy that just happens to have an extra chromosome.

Follow us on this unexpected and exciting journey as we learn how to live life Will's Way.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Will and Addison

I also have to post this picture of Will with his girlfriend, Addison. Isn't Addison just the sweetest:) Her and Will played together at playgroup and had fun flirting.
All girlfriend jokes aside we had our Buddy Walk Kickoff event this past week and the keynote speaker was a young adult women with Down syndrome named Jennifer Cunningham. She is amazing! She has won all kinds of awards and honors for her involvement on the national level in DS organizations, she speaks at different events, she works, she lives idependently in her own condo, she drives, she was on her high school gymnastics team and she is engaged. Yes, she is engaged! She is so inspiring and gives all parents of individuals with DS so much hope for what our children can and will be. So although I am joking when I say Addison is his girlfriend...you never know:)
To read more about Jennifer Cunningham and other amazing self-advocates go to: http://www.ndsccenter.org/selfadvo/council.php
Also, more to come about the Buddy Walk soon...but mark your calendars...the Columbus Buddy Walk is Sunday, October 3!

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