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Thanks to the amazing Karen Waldrup for sharing her inspiring song “Faith In Me” with Ruby’s Rainbow  and for believing and “Having Faith” in people with Down syndrome! Please take moment to watch this touching video and see just how wonderful and capable they are!!  To hear more from Karen you can go HERE!!

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Take the 3/21 Pledge!

March 21 (or 3/21, which stands for three copies of the 21st chromosome) is World Down Syndrome Day! Each year on this day, we celebrate the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and the wonderful joy, insight and inspiration they bring into our lives and to this world. Help us celebrate by taking the 3/21 Pledge!

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About Ruby’s Rainbow

Ruby’s Rainbow was inspired by our own lil’ lady, Ruby. At her birth, we discovered she had an extra special chromosome. Our expectations for her did not change, and we vowed as a family to give her every opportunity we could to learn, grow, flourish and become an important contributor to society and the community.

Our goal and mission at Ruby’s Rainbow is to grant scholarships to adults with Down syndrome who are seeking post-secondary education, enrichment or vocational classes, and help them achieve their dreams of higher education, while spreading awareness of their capabilities and general awesomeness.

Life and learning don’t stop after high school, after all — and we want to help these amazing individuals reach their highest potential.

We love keeping track of our Rockin’ Recipients. We hope their accomplishments will inspire others to go for their dreams!


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Our Visit to Western Carolina University

Recently, Liz (of Ruby’s Rainbow) and Kelle Hampton (of Ruby’s Rainbow and Enjoying the Small Things) visited Western Carolina University to meet Rockin’ Recipients Ali Hale and Zach Benton, who are attending the university’s UP Program.

It was amazing to see firsthand what our efforts at Ruby’s Rainbow are helping individuals like Ali and Zach accomplish. Kelle chronicled the experience beautifully on her blog — please check it out here!!


Recent Updates

First Responders

May 26th, 2016|0 Comments

We welcomed John Collins to the Board of Directors this fall for many reasons, but one of them was his overall passion and dedication to everything he does.  He puts his whole heart into it which is a requirement around here at Ruby’s Rainbow and we love him so!  I asked John to do a guest blog  post on something he is passionate about: […]

Emmanuel Bishop

May 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Emmanuel Bishop had a very busy first semester with his violin studies. First up, he was invited the Albanian 2015 Presidential Ball, a benefit gala event for the Down Syndrome Albania Foundation where he played violin with the Orkestra Simfonike E Rtsh and conductor Zhani Ciko at the Pallati i Brigadave, Tirana.


Also while he was there he […]

Abigail Cushing-Bethel University

May 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Rockin’ Recipient Abigail Cushing is lovin’ her college experience in the Bethel University BUILD Program.  I got this update recently:

Photo caption: An excerpt from the BUILD Program newsletter


At the end of December, Abigail wrapped up her first term in the Bethel University BUILD (Bethel University Inclusive Learning and Development) Program. This is […]

Paige Soderman Update

April 15th, 2016|0 Comments

We started our Ambassador Program this year and we are honored to have Paige Soderman join us as a Ruby’s Rainbow Ambassador! One of the things I have been wanting to do for a while now is give our recipients a platform for their voices to be heard, so I have asked them to each do a blog post for us. I love more […]

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