Hello friends and family, As you know I am running in the Chicago Marathon and raised money for a Chicago-based parent support network. I reached my goal and now am working on my second goal. This one is a personal goal and not related to my requirements as a charity runner. I am raising money for DSACO, Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio. I’m dedicating my run in October to Ruby, the daughter of two friends of mine. I was inspired to choose a charity that benefits families who love someone with Down Syndrome because of how open and honest they are in sharing their experience of raising their daughter. On top of that how they immediately began educating their friends and family (myself included) on everything from proper terms to use to mile stones. Education efforts like theirs are so important and organizations like DSACO can make this effort on a larger scale. From their website: “We strongly believe that by providing easy-to-access information, along with compassionate and caring support, we can help families and the community gain a better understanding of Down syndrome. With over 250,000 people in the United States with Down syndrome, we strive to provide tools and opportunities that promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion in our communities.“ They provide mentoring programs to families, seminars to educate the public, and collaborate with state departments & Ohio legislators to strengthen laws that support & protect the disability community. Since becoming a parent I’ve learned how important this shared experience is of parenting and the recognition that every child has different needs. The sisterhood of motherhood guides me in many decisions including this one. We have to stick together and help each other out. Please join me and help me raise money for DSACO and help local Ohio families who love someone with Down Syndrome.