For just over a year after Ella was born I contemplated my role as an advocate. I knew that I needed to be one but I wasn’t really sure why. It is a logical response considering I have never felt that the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome were dispensable. I recognized then, as I do now, that they are an integral part of society and every bit as precious in the sight of God. After all, who of us is perfect? Who of us has no health issues to speak of and will live definitively to a ripe old age? So naturally, the idea that I would have to fight to convince others that these lives are valuable was inconceivable. But now, I have seen. I have read the articles encouraging the “eradication” of this “disease”. I have heard stories of perfectly “moral” and “good” people who terminated the life of their precious unborn child. I have seen the neglect, the abuse and the complacency that is the reality for so many of these children.
**POST-EDIT: Cash or cheque can be given to me in person and I will send it in like I did at Christmas or it can be mailed to