I am so happy to finish this campaign with our twentieth entrepreneur with Down Syndrome – Karen Gaffney!
Karen is a truly motivational speaker, self advocate, college graduate, President of the Karen Gaffney Foundation and an avid swimmer.
She successfully swam the English Channel as part of a six-person relay team. And two years ago, she accomplished her biggest swimming Challenge yet…she swam 9-miles across Lake Tahoe in 59-degree water to raise money for the National Down Syndrome Congress and to show the world that people with Down Syndrome are more alike, rather than different, from everyone else.
Karen travels the country speaking to a wide range of audiences about overcoming limitations and about what can be accomplished with positive expectations.
Her inspirational TED Talk she did July, 2015 entitled “All Lives Matter” was so amazing, let me share:
Her lifestyle proves a full productive and inclusive life is in store for parents and families of a child born with Down syndrome or other learning disabilities.
Please visit her site and all that she is doing to pave the way the individuals with Down Syndrome.
Please continue following us as we celebrate 21 entrepreneurs who own their own business, have a meaningful job and the companies that are hiring individuals with Down syndrome, as we lead up to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st.
I'm a proud Mom, Special Needs Mommy Blogger, passionate Health Advocate, Social Media Influencer, Publisher & Author. I am passionate about spreading awareness and acceptance for children with special needs, and to compel others to show compassion for their families who love them. In this blog I give you a window into the beauty of Down Syndrome, celebrate my son's accomplishments and struggles, and share the joys of motherhood and our everyday lives as a typical family with a little something "extra". My son is truly my greatest gift. He has changed my life and has made me a better person. People like my son are making an impact on society one smile at a time!