When we received Harrison’s diagnosis, I remember feeling like my world was rocked. I remember asking myself, “What should we expect? How can we take care of a child with special needs?
I can honestly say that I was afraid, overwhelmed, and scared of the unknown path that was ahead for our family. Shortly after his diagnosis, a board member from UP21 reached out and visited us at home. We were given a welcome gift that included incredible resources for our
After I found out Bennys diagnosis, I was so lost confused and angry. Talking to Angie helped me realize all those feelings were ok and it was ok to grieve. She told me that all those feelings were going to wash away when Benny got here.
UP21 has provided me with a sense of community, and an ongoing support system from others walking a similar path. It’s been a great comfort knowing that this organization is there for our families to reach out to with questions, needs, etc.
UP21 has been such a great resource for our family! We received a welcome basket from Up21 shortly after our Kira was born in the middle of the pandemic. Despite the quarantine, we had instant community through Up21.
The UP21 Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness and provide support for families with Down Syndrome family members. The foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by Down Syndrome by providing resources, education, and a community of support. The UP21 Foundation believes that individuals with Down Syndrome should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and lead fulfilling lives. It works tirelessly to make this a reality.
The UP21 Foundation organizes events and activities to promote inclusion, education, and empowerment for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
The event features “live music, food, drinks, local vendor booths providing information on their services, a silent auction, raffle, face painting, and admission to the St Tammany Children’s Museum.
This major fundraiser began in 2013 and allows us to educate those with Down syndrome, their parents, and the community.
UP21 proudly participates in “The Lucky Few” a fundraiser held at CrossFit Mandeville, where people of all abilities come together to workout andf raise awareness and funds for UP21. This event began in the midst of covid and has attracted attention from the CrossFit community, showing anyone with any ability can do just about anything.