Recipient Updates

December 2017

Jared Okun and the Big Move!!

By | 2017-12-12T15:42:12+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Blog, Recipient Updates|

I got to sit and have dinner with one of our Rockin’ Recipients Jared Okun last month and chat with him about life after graduation from Otsego Academy, a 2 year program in Edmeston, New York.  He has been very driven and motivated since graduation to live on his own, find a job and get [...]

Meet 2017 Rockin’ Recipient Olivia Murry!

By | 2017-12-03T19:46:53+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Blog, Recipient Updates|

Umm, can you please check out how adorbs Olivia Murry is with her Ruby's Rainbow tee-shirt?! Can't help it - I ❤️ seeing our Rockin' Recipients in our gear!! 😍😍😍 Olivia is a 2017 Ruby's Rainbow scholarship recipient who's attending Vanderbilt's Next Steps program! She'll be studying fashion & music for the next four years, and [...]

WOW! College Student, Dancer and 2016 Rockin’ Recipient Mikayla Holmgren Is First Person with Down Syndrome to Compete in the Miss Minnesota Pageant!!!

By | 2017-12-03T19:42:53+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Blog, Recipient Updates|

We are have been watching the Miss Minnesota Pageant over here the last two days as one of our Rockin Recipients, Mikayla Holmgren - Dancer with Down Syndrome was the first person with Down syndrome to compete. She rocked the stage in the preliminaries last night, and today Mikayla won the Spirit Award and it [...]

Meet 2017 Rockin’ Recipient Kelly McCown!

By | 2017-12-03T19:38:34+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Blog, Recipient Updates|

2017 Rockin' Recipient Kelly McCown caught our eye in her Ruby's Rainbow scholarship application because she's a runner, she loves working with children, and she's hardworking and driven!! Her can-do attitude really jumped right off the page!! 😍😍😍 Among other goals, she plans to learn to drive, live with a roommate and work with children [...]

Meet 2017 Rockin’ Recipient Jacob Nelson!

By | 2017-12-03T19:35:44+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Blog, Recipient Updates|

If you celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, I hope you had a wonderful day full of good food and great times with peeps you care about! That's really all that matters, y'all!! ❤️❤️❤️ And here's a little story to warm your ❤️ today 😍😍😍 This is 2017 Rockin' Recipient Jacob Nelson, who's studying at Shepherds College. Despite having had many [...]

2013 Rockin’ Recipient Andrew Weatherly with Some of His Artwork

By | 2017-12-03T19:28:01+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Blog, Recipient Updates|

You guys, just look at this talent. Ah-mazing!! 😍 👨‍🎨 🎨 🖼 This is 2013 Rockin' Recipient Andrew Weatherly and several pieces of his original artwork. Andrew was featured recently on the Bergen County Camera Blog in their monthly Customer Spotlight - a monthly posting featuring someone who’s made an impression on them. What [...]

Meet 2017 Rockin’ Recipient Sam Dess!

By | 2017-12-03T19:24:18+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Blog, Recipient Updates|

Meet Sam Dess!!! This 2017 Rockin' Recipient attends the Cutting Edge program at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. He's also a Best Buddies Ambassador AND dances on a hip-hop dance team called the Energizers Dream Team!!! Oh my ❤️!!! Sam hopes to become a Special Education teacher someday. #SkysTheLimit #NoLimits #KeepOnRockinItSam #RockinRecipientsRule #DownSyndrome #DownSyndromeLove [...]

2017 Rockin’ Recipient Mary Borman Rocked Washington D.C.!

By | 2017-12-03T19:20:04+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Blog, Recipient Updates|

2017 Rockin' Recipient Mary Borman rocked Washington DC!!! This amazing self-advocate recently attended an appropriations hearing for NIH funding for Down syndrome research. There's a lack of federal funding in this area, so Mary and other advocates went to talk to congressional representatives, staff members and folks in the media to represent our tribe [...]

2017 Rockin’ Recipient Matthew Hessburg Discussing Building Independence at the State of the Art Conference

By | 2017-12-03T19:15:29+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Blog, Recipient Updates|

“To predict the future is to create it, and I have...” ❤️So proud of Rockin Recipient Matthew Hessburg! I got to sit in on his presentation today on “Pathways To Inclusive Community Living” where he talked about his college experience and how it is leading him on the path to independence. ❤️ [...]

2015 Rockin’ Recipient Charli Webre Is Rockin’ It at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette!

By | 2017-12-03T19:10:03+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Blog, Recipient Updates|

Posting these updates on Rockin' Recipients from years past just warms this mama's ❤️ right up... I just love getting this peek into the awesome futures that are possible for our capable, fantastic loved ones who're rockin' that extra chromosome!!! This is what it's all about, y'all!!! ❤️❤️❤️ This is 2015 Rockin' Recipient Charli [...]