Nearly four years ago we received a prenatal diagnosis at 22 weeks that our son Cody would have Down syndrome. To say we were devastated was an understatement. We were scared and angry and did not want to be parents of a child with special needs. We felt like our life was over as the doctor communicated all the things he would not do. We felt like our “perfect” life would never be the same and that this child was going to ruin all the good in our life. We quickly realized that these assumptions about our new life were far from true and that our perceptions of Down syndrome were way off. Cody is now 3 ½ years old and the most beautiful unexpected gift we could have ever imagined. We thought he would be the blemish in our family, but it is quite the opposite. Cody is the star of our whole family. He is inspiring and loving and puts a smile on everyone’s face. He is smart and driven and achieves and grows just like any other kid, just at his own pace. We know the future is so bright for Cody. GiGi’s Playhouse gives us so many great resources to help Cody succeed and has created a community for us to connect with other families with children with Down syndrome. GiGi’s is a gift to us in many ways and we are so excited to create Team Cody for the upcoming Chicagoland GiGi’s Playhouse 5K. We hope to get all our family and friends to be a part of our team so that we can raise as much money as possible for GiGi’s Playhouse through this event. Because all programs are FREE at GiGi’s Playhouse this is the perfect way for us to play a part in raising funds for this wonderful organization.
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