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Nelson Vargas

Nelson Vargas
ELK GROVE VLG, IL United States
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On October 8th, I will run my 8th Chicago marathon for the Ups for DownS Katie MacDonald Literacy Project charity.  The purpose of the Katie MacDonald Literacy Project is to unlock the potential of an individual with Down syndrome by teaching the techniques specific to how they learn.  One of the many things the Katie MacDonald Literacy Project supports is community theatre programs, where the production is fully integrated with typical peers and takes place in a community theatre. These productions build confidence, promote comprehension, build team work and demonstrate acceptance and inclusion.  My daughter, Alaina has been cast in the Wizard of Oz that will be Featured at the Prairie Center for the Arts in February.  It is great to see how a portion of the past dollars raised will help so many individuals.

Each year I say I'm not going to run, but somehow I keep doing it with or without training, with injuries and not enough time to devote to it.  As I turned 50 this year, it is becoming more of a challenge to find the time and energy as I had in the past. But my little angel, gives me the strength and inspiration to keep going.  I see how unbelievably hard she works and everything she is involved in and it makes me so proud to be able to help her and others in a way I know how.  

As you have so generously done in the past, I’d appreciate your sponsoring me so we can raise money for this charity, which will enable more opportunities and a better life for individuals with Down syndrome.

If you are interested in making a donation, please use the link below:


Checks may be made payable to UPS for DownS and sent to:  Endurance Team, UPS for DownS, 1070 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193, write Dan Bak in the  memo.


Thanks again for all your support!



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