March 2018

2017 Rockin’ Recipient Kirsta Graf Signing “Brave”

By | 2018-03-13T04:24:22+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Blog| Wanna smile BIG today and feel BRAVE?! This is the video that Kirsta sent in with her application that stole my heart. Lots of peeps have asked to see the full version from her high school talent show, so you're welcome. She won, obvi :)

2016 Rockin’ Recipient Mikayla Holmgren Wins Miss Congeniality at Global Beauty Awards!!!

By | 2018-03-13T04:21:04+00:00 March 11th, 2018|Blog|

Mikayla Holmgren - Dancer with Down Syndrome won Miss Congeniality at the Global Beauty Awards!! We are so proud of you!!! More on Mikayla next week!! We have another amazing video to share and we can't wait!!

Abigail After Attending Bethel

By | 2018-03-13T04:13:53+00:00 March 10th, 2018|Blog|

This is my jam, peeps!! I just love hearing what this college experience is helping our recipients accomplish. Abigail Cushing, one of our 2015 Rockin' Recipients, graduated from Bethel University last year with the hopes of someday working in the restaurant business. She is now loving her job at Panera Bread and her mom says [...]

Kirsta Goes to Bethel

By | 2018-03-13T04:10:10+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Blog|

Your $21 donations ARE making a difference, guys!! We have raised enough to help FOUR more Kirsta's and Ruby's of the world go for their college dreams <3 <3 Go to if you are feeling inspired to donate or to watch the full video on the ABOUT Page!! AND... Oh my heart, you [...]

Kirsta’s College Drop-Off at Bethel

By | 2018-03-13T03:53:38+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Blog|

When I started on this journey of having a child with a tiny little extra chromosome, there were so many unknowns. I have always been honest about not knowing ANYTHING about Down syndrome before Ruby came into my life, and knowing what I know now that makes me sad to think I went ALL those [...]

Update: 2016 Rockin’ Recipient Madison Essig Will Be a 2022 GMU Graduate!!!

By | 2018-03-13T03:59:49+00:00 March 3rd, 2018|Recipient Updates|

Guys…this is some exciting news! Remember Madison from our trip to George Mason University last year to visit with some of our recipients in the LIFE Program? Madison was the first person with Down syndrome to graduate with a regular diploma within the DC school system…and did so with a 3.7 GPA. Madison recently applied to [...]

February 2018

Meet 2017 Rockin’ Recipient Andrea Scott!

By | 2018-03-13T02:39:44+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Recipient Bios|

Meet 2017 Rockin' Recipient Andrea Scott!! Andrea attends the Bridges program at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (@IPFW), where she's pursuing a four-year degree in entrepreneurship and animal science. 👏🏻👏🏻  Someday she plans to open her own business training service dogs!!! I don't know about you, but I think Andrea is SO INSPIRING!!! She's focused [...]

Meet 2017 Rockin’ Recipient Dan Walker!

By | 2018-03-13T02:36:50+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Recipient Bios|

Meet 2017 Rockin' Recipient Dan Walker! In high school, Dan was homecoming king 😍😍😍 and lettered in track & field all four years, AND he was inducted into the National Honor Society in 2015!! So you know he's gonna rock it in college!!! He's currently attending the University of Missouri's Propel program, where I'm sure [...]

Update: 2017 Rockin’ Recipient Jason Rogers!

By | 2018-03-12T02:51:06+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Recipient Bios, Recipient Updates|

Jason Rogers is one of our 2017 Rockin' Recipients, and he wrote to us this week to catch us up on how he's been doing at Lipscomb U!!! I love hearing from our Rockin' Recipients so much, and this particular update made my ❤️ go extra gooey because of the pics Jason sent along - [...]