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Archive for January, 2011

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Becoming a Burckhard: An Adoption Story

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

A great story about a Minot, ND family who will soon be adding another member to their loving home.  With the help of Reece’s Rainbow, Nathan, a boy from Serbia who has Down syndrome, will become a Burkhard. 

This will be the family’s second adoption, and their third child with Down syndrome.  Their two older children who do not have Down syndrome are thrilled to have such wonderful siblings.

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A Special Olympics Pioneer: Sargent Shriver 1915-2011

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

We join with Special Olympics to honor and mark the passing of Sargent Shriver.  

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Grab your walking or running shoes and join DSAOC…

Monday, January 17th, 2011

For the second year in a row, DSAOC is a participating charity in the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation’s (PCRF) Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at the Irvine Spectrum Center.

Your donations, pledges and sponsorships toward team ‘Down Syndrome Assoc of OC’ will help raise funds for DSAOC’s Health Care Education & Outreach program, which includes funding support for the CHOC Children’s Down Syndrome Program.  Your registration fees go directly to supporting PCRF’s worthy cause. 

Did you know that on average one in every 95 children with Down syndrome will develop leukemia, compared with a rate of one in every 2,000 in the typical population?  While the vast majority of children with Down syndrome will never develop leukemia, the disease remains one of the major health care concerns for our community.

Support PCRF and DSAOC today by registering to run or walk, or by giving a tax-deductible contribution toward this effort.  Visit DSAOC’s homepage at www.dsaoc.org and click on the link to register/donate.

If you have questions, please contact Kellie Perez at kperez@dsaoc.org or call the DSAOC Center at (714) 540-5794.  Thank you!

Glennwood Housing in Laguna Beach is hosting an Open House

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Glennwood Housing is hosting an Open House on Saturday, January 29 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Learn more about the Glennwood Housing Community in Laguna Beach for adults with developmental disabilities by attending this Open House.  There will be a BBQ and raffle, and donations for the remodeling efforts will be accepted.

They will also be filming for their Extreme Makeover Home Edition application–if you would like to be interviewed on camera for the application please let them know when you arrive.  They are looking for adults with disabilities to be interviewed, as well as their parents/caregivers.

For more information, please contact randy@glennwoodhousing.org.

Glennwood Housing Community, 2130 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


The News About Jo Jo: Raising a Baby with Down Syndrome

Monday, January 10th, 2011

This is a nice story that many parents who have chidren with Down syndrome and other disabilities will be able to relate to. 

One mom shares the experience of when she and her husband received their daughter’s diagnosis of Down syndrome, and how their life is today with JoJo.

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DSAOC receives grants to support health care programs for individuals with Down syndrome

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC) is thrilled to announce the following grant awards to support DSAOC’s Health Care Education & Outreach program, which includes the CHOC Children’s Down Syndrome Program.

The Employees Community Fund of Boeing California has contributed $2,000 toward the health care program.  A special thanks to one of our previous board members, Fran Brocard, for nominating DSAOC for this award.

The Pacific Life Foundation is contributing $7,500 to support the CHOC Children’s Down Syndrome Program. 

We are extremely thankful to Boeing and Pacific Life for having these funding opportunities available, and for believing in our mission.