Christmas Party was a big success!
We were so happy so many of you were able to attend our Christmas Party in the Park on Dec. 11, 2021. We had over 550 families register to attend and we provided gifts to all people with Down syndrome and their siblings. Our community’s generosity never ceases to amaze us! A special thanks to Blacker Orthodontics for their toy drive and very generous donation.
So many people came together to help make this event a success: DJ Ron, Save This Memory photography, the food truck vendors, medical professionals from Dignity Health, Just Serve volunteers, ASU students, our Board members and of course – our wonderful families, donors and supporters.
To view the photos from the professional photographer, click here.
In addition, we uploaded our Annual Report for 2021 to our website. To see the impact SDSA made in our community, click here: Annual Report
Flag Football Update
A flag football team for children ages 5-14 with Down syndrome will start on January 14, 2022. Lynn Ferronhas volunteered to take on this effort, along with a volunteer coach and others. If you are interested in learning more about this, or volunteering your time, email Lynn Ferron at ferrons1@yahoo.com.
Parent Walking Club Kickoff – Jan. 22 at 11 am at the Mansel Carter Oasis Park in Queen Creek
Parents and caregivers: Get ready to walk and meet with other parents of a child or loved one with Down syndrome.
Chyres Salin will lead our very first Parents Walking Club event. It will take place at the Mansel Carter Oasis Park in Queen Creek at the playground (with the Banner Ironwood Medical Center sign).
To show your support for Down syndrome, wear your Sharing gear or yellow and blue (colors for DS awareness).
Before the walk, participants will introduce themselves and then they will start on their journey together. Participants will walk for 30 minutes as a group. Let us know yo will be there: email angie@sharingds.orgfor more information and to register so we know how many people will be there. You may also email salinchyres77@gmail.com who is leading the adventure.
Reminder:
Sharing Merchandise
Visit the Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona online store for all Sharing gear. Sharing Walk 2022 merchandise is available in a variety of styles and sizes.
From Gina Johnson, Executive Director & Founder
I’m so excited to introduce Lynn Ferron who recently started serving on our Advisory Council!
We met Lynn when her son Brett was born in 2009. Lynn and her husband, Bob, have always been involved in making our world a better place. They’ve been involved in our local government and they are the kind of people everyone wishes could be their neighbor.
Lynn and her family LOVE sports so they recently created a wonderful flag football league for kids with DS. I love the way they always give their best to all they do.
Lynn is who connected us with the Town of Gilbert so that every year on World Down Syndrome Day (3/21) we get to have them light up or Water Tower in the beautiful colors of yellow and blue, representing Down syndrome. We love you Lynn and your family!
Love,
David’s Mom
aka Gina Johnson