Our daughter, Ellie, turned 4 a few months ago. Every day, we're reminded of how hard she works. On an average week, Ellie spends 3 hours doing physical therapy, 4 hours in occupational therapy and 5 hours on speech therapy on top of gym class, swimming lessons, and school, not to mention play dates with friends. She takes it all in stride and never gives up. Our inspiration.
In our home, Ellie's two brothers (Jack & Nash) know that she can do everything that they can do; she just might have to try a little harder and it may take a little longer.
But Ellie’s also extremely lucky: we have access to some of the best clinicians and educators to help her realize her full potential. In four short years, she has been seen by the many of the best medical and Down syndrome specialists the country has to offer. Many children with Down syndrome unfortunately don't have this same access.
We believe that every child who shares Ellie’s zest for life deserves the same opportunities she has been given. We’re running a half-marathon in honor of Ellie’s sprit and for all the children with Down syndrome who we believe deserve the same access to resources and support that she has. Our fundraising efforts are dedicated to supporting this belief.
Two years ago Bret joined the board of the longest-standing national Down syndrome non-profit organization called National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), which provides access to leading education and clinical experts for its members and also advocates on behalf the Down syndrome community. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go to support their important and ground-breaking work.
We hope you’ll join us on our mission,
Courtney & Bret Bowerman