My name is Bennett and I am 3 years old! I absolutely love to wave hi to everyone, even if they are not looking (I just keep waving until they do look:)). I love to play basketball with my dad, drop kick any ball I can around the house, play catch and "read" books to my parents! I also love to swing, go down slides and dance to whatever music is on! My favorite thing to do with my mom is have dance parties in the kitchen! Music is my love language for sure, it even helps me work on my strength in PT.
My mom (Lyndsey) and dad (Andy) found out about my diagnosis while my mom was still pregnant with me. Along with my extra awesomeness, my parents also found out that I would need to have heart surgery at only a week old! Needless to say, my parents were anxious, nervous and highly emotional. While I was still in recovery from heart surgery at Phoenix Children's, my family was contacted by the Down syndrome group there, wow, what a blessing that was for my parents (at least that is what I am told:)). They had many questions and each one of those came with a rollercoaster of emotions. All of their questions/concerns were met and addressed with such empathy, compassion and love that when we moved to Arkansas, my family and I really couldn't wait to be part of the group here! My parents want to help other families feel supported just like they were when they found out about my diagnosis. So please consider helping out!
There are a number of ways that you can be a part of “Team Bennett” and provide support:
- Walk with me in the Inclusion Walk on Saturday, October 13th at Arvest Ballpark (Event 10 - 1 pm, Walk at 11:30 am)
- Run in the Respect Run 5K on Saturday, October 13th at Arvest Ballpark (8 am)
- Make an online donation here to my team to support the Inclusion Walk and the DSCNWA
- Tell others about the Inclusion 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 Inclusion Walk is the main fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Connection of Northwest Arkansas. We are excited to see Bennett WALK again this year (who knows...he may run) and celebrate his strength! No matter how you decide to support us, we want to thank you. DSCNWA has made a huge difference for our family & has provided us support in many ways. We hope to see you out there! (Please be sure to register so we know you are coming & you can receive the complimentary lunch!)
Thank you again for being a part of "Team Bennett" and for your support, encouragement and love.
Much love and gratitude,
Bennett and Family
Register for the Inclusion Walk
CLICK HERE to register for the Inclusion Walk on October 13th and to join Team Bennett. Even though registration is FREE, registration is required to enjoy the complimentary lunch.