Team Sam I M
Team Sam I M is a celebration of Sam and Isaac Mertz and the blessings they bring to everyone they
meet. It is a celebration of overcoming challenges. It is a celebration of the impact of loving someone
with Down syndrome. It is a celebration of adoption from foster care. Our team is bigger than us, we
could not survive this journey with out the love and support from many including our extended family,
our friends, our community – especially the members of the First United Methodist Church of Prairie
Grove, the faculty, staff and students of the Prairie Grove School District, Children’s Therapy Team and
so many others who have been a part of our boys’ lives!
Sam is an active 10-year-old boy who loves Disney movies, playing in water, his iPad and stuffed animals.
He is non-verbal but is very good at communicating when he chooses to, using his adaptive talking
device or improvised sign language.
Isaac just turned 13 and is really excited about being a teenager. He is very athletic and enjoys playing
soccer, basketball, football and Miracle League Baseball. He loves singing and dancing especially to
Disney songs and The Greatest Showman. He will be square dancing again this year with his team, Boots
and Scoots, at the Prairie Grove Clothesline fair over Labor Day weekend. Isaac loves to dress up nicely,
although will sometimes choose an “interesting” look when he chooses his own wardrobe.
Team Sam I M supports many organizations that help support special children and their families. Today
please help us support the Down Syndrome Connection of Northwest Arkansas. There are a number of
ways that you can be a part of Team Sam I M and provide support:
- Join us as we Step Up for Down Syndrome in our annual walk on Saturday, October 5th at Arvest Ballpark (Event 10-1pm, Walk at 12pm).
- Make an online donation here to Team Sam I M to support the DSCNWA as we fund exciting and innovative programs to support the families in NWA blessed by Down syndrome.
- Tell others about the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk and the great work of the DSCNWA organization
October is Down syndrome Awareness month. We hope that you will join us, celebrate the many
wonderful qualities & gifts of people with Down syndrome, & walk with us. The Step Up for Down
Syndrome is the main fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Connection of Northwest Arkansas.
Thank you for being a part of our community!
Sam, Isaac and the Mertz Family
Register for the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk
CLICK HERE to register for the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk on October 5th and to join Team Sam I M.