This is my nephew Sam. He has Down Syndrome. Back in July of 2008, I attended a baby shower for my sister Tausha. Her baby boy was due the end of August, her first since placing a baby girl for adoption a few years earlier. There were so many in attendance and the excitement in the air was palpable.
A few days later I received a phone call from my dad telling me that my sister had had her baby the night before, and that he was Downs. I was in shock the rest of the day. I didn't know what to think. My sister and her husband were devastated - for about an hour. Sometime after the birth of Sam, my dad came into my sister's room and told her that she had just given birth to a perfect baby. He told her that Sam had already made it to the highest kingdom in heaven, just by being born. His calling and election was already sure. From that moment on, my sister and her husband Doug embraced their son and his condition and left the hospital full of peace and hope and enthusiasm for the future.
Shortly after coming home from the hospital, my sister immediately joined the Weber/Davis County chapter of the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation, and has been actively raising funds and doing events for them ever since. Why am I telling you all this? Because their first annual Statewide Utah Down Syndrome Foundation Buddy Walk is coming up and my sister is raising funds for the event. Here is a link to Sam's page where you can donate if you would like, and here is a note from Sam in his "own words."