Then and Now, What a Difference a Year Makes

As I sit back and think of all that has happened since the Inaugural Run Up For Downs race that was held last spring, my mind fills with many emotions. You see, last year I had recently become a part of Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society as their Executive Director. What an extreme honor it is to work for such an amazing organization and to advocate for and serve an incredible group of people!

But, last year’s race meant something on a different level as well. A personal level.

At this time last year, our family was knee-deep in the process of adopting a precious little girl who lived all the way across the ocean. This special little girl just happened to have that little something extra, Down syndrome.

This was the first picture we ever saw of our Emma Claire. We immediately knew that she was “ours”.


So, during the events surrounding the race last year, my mind would often wander. It was such a blessing to see many precious families who had a child with Down syndrome. My heart could only dream. It was pure joy to visit with the many adults with Down syndrome that I know. My heart was overflowing with gratefulness that evening as I thought…our family is so blessed to be able to welcome this new child into our lives.

And, then finally… October, our dreams came true!


Our princess, Emma Claire, was OURS!

So, when you see us at the race this year with an extra-wide smile across our faces, you will know why.

Our daughter, Our sister, Our Princess is HOME!

And, we will be Running (or walking, in my case) for Emma Claire!


Want to join us for the 2nd Annual Run Up For Downs?

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You will not be disappointed and you are guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face!

And, hey, you might even have the chance to meet our little princess. Now, who can pass that up?

Oh…and, by the way, Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society has a big celebration planned for the night before the race.

CMDSS will be hosting a 3.21 Celebrate! Fundraiser in honor of World Down Syndrome Day at Table 100 in Flowood on March 21st from 6-8 pm.

Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction and the unveiling of CMDSS’s Just Like You awareness campaign. Tickets are limited and selling quickly.

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