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Claire's Care Bears

Claire Benish

Hi! I’m Claire, and I’m 2 years old. My parents would say I'm quite the social butterfly with a huge personality! I love smiling and giving fist bumps to everyone I meet. I may even make funny faces to get you to laugh! I may not speak many words, but I’m trying really hard to learn sign language! I enjoy listening and dancing to music. I love my baby dolls, books, being outside, and playing with my big sister Abigail. I am also going to be a big sister in a few months to my new baby brother!

I surprised everyone when I was born, by having Down syndrome. At first, my parents were really scared and had a lot of questions about my diagnosis. It was a rough first year with 22 days in the NICU, and then several hospitalizations for upper respiratory distress. I proved time and time again how strong I am! I have come a long way in 2 years. I attend Kids First in Lowell, and I work really hard during therapy sessions! I have made new friends, and because of me, my parents have met some amazing people. During my NICU stay, one of the biggest blessings was the outreach of the Down Syndrome Connection of Northwest Arkansas (DSCNWA). This group not only came by and visited, but provided us with resources and support where we needed it. With their help, and because of our friends/family, my parents never felt alone embarking on this new journey.

My parents want to help other families feel supported just like they were when they found out about my diagnosis, so please consider donating to our team. There are a number of ways that you can be a part of “Claire’s Care Bears” and provide support:

  • Join me as we Step Up for Down Syndrome in our annual walk on Saturday, October 5th at Arvest Ballpark (Event 10-1pm, Walk at 12pm). Be sure to register by 9/11 to get my team name on the back of your shirt!
  • Make an online donation here to Claire’s Care Bears 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, and walk with us. The Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk is the main fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Connection of Northwest Arkansas (DSCNWA). No matter how you decide to support us, we want to thank you. DSCNWA has made a huge difference for our family in many ways. We hope to see you there!

Thank you again for being a part of “Claire’s Care Bears” and for your support, encouragement, and love.


Claire and 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 Claire's Care Bears. 

Our Team Goal & Progress

We have raised $301.00 of our goal.

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