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Our First Time at the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention

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We are finally unwinding from our whirlwind trip to Orlando, Florida where we attended the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention (NDSC). It was the first time we attended, and we left with full hearts and big smiles.

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We went to exhibit the book Reasons to Smile: Celebrating People Living with Down Syndrome, a book of inspiring short stories about Down syndrome.

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Anna Knauss, who is featured in the book, enjoyed signing autographs.

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We loved having people included in the book, such as Jared Kozak, stop by to say hi!

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Many people from Down syndrome organizations stopped by and asked about bulk orders for their gift baskets they give to new parents and families. If you are interested in bulk orders at a discount please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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We also had a contest for someone to win this gift basket, which included baby toys, diapers, and of course the book! Andrea won the gift basket saying she knew a new family who would be blessed by it.

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Meeting Megan Bomgaars and her mother Kris Bomgaars from the A&E show Born This Way was awesome!

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Anna, a fashionista in her own right, was inspired by Megan Bomgaars who runs her own clothing business Megology.

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The dance wasn’t like any dance we’ve ever been to before. It was packed and the energy in the room was truly magnetic. Anna danced her socks off and met new friends.

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The Award's Dinner was also packed and we enjoyed a nice meal while listening to inspiring speakers.

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The lazy river at the JW Marriott was fun to dip into after a day at the conference.

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A highlight of our experience was taking a family trip to Disney.

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Anna loved the teacup rides and meeting Disney princesses.

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Some of the greatest moments of the conference were when new parents visited our table—sometimes, with a baby with Down syndrome in their arms or asleep in a stroller. Seeing their smiling faces as they flipped through our little book, looking at the many strong individuals on each page, knowing things were going to be okay, made the trip a once in a lifetime experience.

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See you next year in Sacramento!

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