“Our goal as the Elkhart County Down Syndrome Support Group is to promote awareness, acceptance and understanding, and just letting people know that we, that our kids, are just like everybody else,” Senger said. “We have a Christmas party, we have a picnic, we have all sorts of different activities each year to try and get the message out. We’re definitely not a Debbie Downer group. We’re all about the positive.”
And it was just that contagious, positive attitude that help to attract event participants such as Elkhart’s Amie Chavarria, who chose to give up her morning Saturday to participate in the event’s Frightening 5k run.
“I do a lot of races, and this was actually the first race I ever did when I started racing a year ago,” Chavarria said of the event. “I heard about it from a coworker of mine last year, and decided to give it a try. It’s such a great cause, and I love the turnout, the people... it’s just a great event. I’d recommend it to anyone.”
For more information on the Elkhart County Down Syndrome Support Group, visit the group’s website at www.ecdssg.org.
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