Parent Walking Club off to a good start
We started our new Parent Walking Club on Saturday, Jan. 22. We enjoyed seeing the families that attended and hope more of you will be able to attend our next event which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Gilbert Regional Park.
We will meet by the amphitheaterat Gilbert Regional Park at 11 am (we will have signs this time so you can clearly see us) and start our walk at 11:15 am. Please email angie@sharingds.org to sign up, and include your cell phone number.
Then, after the walk, an organization called KinectAbility athletics – an all-inclusive fitness program here in Arizona – will host a free fitness Saturday program for all interested in participating.
Their program specializes in long-term fitness development to empower individuals in all daily activities. The program is catered to all ages 3+ and is run in a group setting in a 1:1 ratio with coaches. Photo courtesy of KinectAbility’s Facebook page.
Flag Football Update
A flag football team for children ages 5-14 with Down syndrome started January 14, 2022 and there was a great turnout. Lynn Ferron (Proud Parent of Brett) mentioned how much fun the kids – and volunteers – had at the last event.
Lynn states, “It is so fun to watch these kids interact together – it’s amazing how much joy our kids give out.”
If you want to join the fun, email Lynn at ferrons1@yahoo.com.
Reminder:
Sharing Merchandise
Visit the Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona online store for all Sharing gear. Sharing Walk 2022 merchandise and WDSD merchandise is available in a variety of styles and sizes.
World Down Syndrome Day – March 21 (3/21)
Be sure to be ready to wear your Down syndrome awareness merchandise for World Down Syndrome Day.
We have contacted the City of Gilbert and they will once again be lighting up the Gilbert Water Tower in honor of World Down Syndrome Day.
The Water Tower will be lit up in blue and yellow from March 19-21, 2022. It is really beautiful to experience and we hope you will tag us in any photos you post on social media – we would love to share them on our social media channels, too.
Please stay tuned for more information about the Gilbert Water Tower event – there may be some special happenings occurring on Saturday night. We will keep you posted in next month’s newsletter on any more developments.
Bat Cave Experience
Thanks to the Colten Cowell Foundation, we have coordinated the Bat Cave experience for two families already in 2022. We also have scheduled events for February, March, April and May.
Once fall dates are released, we will schedule more experiences for our families. If you are interested in learning more about this, please email angie@sharingds.org.
2021 Annual Report uploaded to our website
Do you want to know more about what Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona is doing in our community?
In an effort to better understand our mission and goals, SDSA invites you to read our 2021 Annual Report. It will uplift you and help you to learn all the lives our organization has touched. It is now uploaded on our website. Many thanks to all who help us make an impact through your generous donations and funding.
From Gina Johnson, Executive Director & Founder
We are so excited to welcome Jennie Bradfield to our Advisory Council.
Jennie started volunteering for Sharing about 16 years ago. Though Jennie began as a volunteer, she later was hired as our Event Coordinator.  She coordinated our 2019 & 2020 Sharing Down Syndrome Walks.
If you know Jennie, you will know love and laughter are all part of what comes as we tackled challenges of how to serve families during Covid. She is the one who made over 500 cloth face masks that we provided for families when Covid began.
And even though Jennie is not a mom of a child with Down syndrome, I knew she loves all of our children. One day when I came to work, I found her crying. She told me that our coworker and self-advocate, Eric Gardner, had just left the office to be rushed to the hospital because he was having trouble breathing. She cried as she told me how much she loved Eric.
Then she said something that meant the world to me, ‘I just don’t know what I would do if anything ever happened to Eric. My heart could never stand it.’  So welcome back dear Jennie! We love you.
Love,
David’s Mom, aka Gina Johnson