We know your inbox is full today, and you're probably trying to score some shopping deals before the holidays. Last year, Americans spent an average of $124 on Cyber Monday. However, will you take a break from shopping to read this email? The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin changes lives across the state, and we need your help.
Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back to the community in the midst of a week of spending. In honor of tomorrow, we'd like to share the story of Casey, the Program Manager of our Green Bay Chapter.
Casey's daughter, Tori, is 9 years old. Today, Tori is happy, healthy, and thriving in every area of her life. But when Casey was pregnant, she was worried that Tori would have a very hard life. As a community health dietician, she worked with children with Down syndrome who were medically fragile, and these harsh realities scared her.
"It took me a while year after Tori was born to get out of this slump," Casey said. Thankfully, through the support of her family and local Down syndrome group back in Ohio, Tori and her family thrived.
A few years ago, Casey's husband took a new job, and the family relocated to Green Bay. Moving to a new place is always overwhelming, but especially for a family who has a child with special needs. From finding new health care providers and understanding the state's benefits, to finding a supportive community, a move can feel very lonely. Thankfully, Casey became connected with DSAW right away.
"[DSAW] made the transition to Green Bay so much easier. I sought out other moms when we moved here and made instant friends. They really helped guide me through what was available in Wisconsin and helped me get settled into our new life. These friendships have helped us build a stable foundation here in Green Bay."
With DSAW's help, Casey is confident in the bright future ahead for Tori. From help with IEPs and therapies to learning to ride a bike at the iCan Shine Bike Camp, the possibilities are limitless.
"She's already very successful in school in general education, and we're working on inclusion in her school district. In 5 years, I hope Tori continues to excel to her best potential in school, social relationships, and extra-curricular activities."
Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. Will you consider making a gift to fund DSAW's life-changing programs and services around the state? Your gift helps Tori and the thousands of individuals with Down syndrome we serve to live incredible lives.
Warmly,Dawn NuofferExecutive DirectorDown Syndrome Association of Wisconsin
PS - As you scoop up big deals today, consider donating your savings tomorrow on Giving Tuesday. It's an easy way to give back!