Michelle Sie Whitten, President and CEO of Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Dee Daniels, Program Director of Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital, and Beth Burczyk joined Fox31 to share how everyone can get involved with WDSD.
9News features Global’s Petition of Support for more funding for Down syndrome research
In honor of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, Global President and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten, along with her daughter Sophia Whitten, and Sophia’s classmate Addie Boyer all sat down with 9News to discuss Global’s Petition of Support for more funding for Down syndrome research. Sophia and Addie explain why their class was involved in gathering signatures.
Global shares excitement and importance of WDSD with CBS 4
Dr. Tom Blumenthal, executive director for the Linda Crnic Institute – a Global affiliate, and Global President and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten discuss the importance of World Down Syndrome Day and the details of Global’s WDSD event on March 21 with CBS 4.
Global photograph at ICON awards lights up The Denver Post
In an article about the ICON awards, The Denver Post included a photo of Global team members from the celebration. At the awards Global won Best Overall Event, Best Entertainment Concept & Execution, and Best Invitation.
Global Board Member John C. McGinley shows support for WDSD video in TheHuffington Post Italy
Global Board Member John C. McGinley is recognized in a Huffington Post Italy article for his support of a new World Down Syndrome Day video called #NotSpecialNeeds. The PSA created by CoorDown — Italy’s national organization for people with Down syndrome — examines the term “special needs” and highlights how the needs of people with Down syndrome are more alike than different.
Global’s Dare to Play Programs featured in national magazine
Global’s Dare to Play (DTP) life skills camps take center stage in the Spring 2017 issue of the magazine The Delta of Sigma Nu. The front cover article features the positive and lasting impacts DTP programs have on participants and the community at large.
Doctor Huntington Potter, Director of Alzheimer’s Research at the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, and the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center— two Global affiliates— underscores a catastrophic world future if we don’t cure Alzheimer’s.
An increasing number of people are coming to realize that individuals with Down syndrome can do anything anyone else can do, including falling in love. In this article two ‘lovebirds’ bring to life Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s perspective that people with Down syndrome are more like typical people than they are different.
Global Down Syndrome Foundation founder and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten guests stars on the talk show ‘Disability Matters’ with host Joyce Bender to discuss employment and empowerment of people with Down syndrome.
Hilary Swank Walks the Runway at Global Down Syndrome Foundation Fashion Show
November 15, 2016
Hilary Swank joins global with other celebrities at the annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show. Swank shares “There’s no one who should be told they can’t have an education or have all the rights as the next person – no matter how differently abled you are.”
Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx & More Raise $2.1M for Down Syndrome Foundation
November 15, 2016
Queen Latifah highlights the importance of the research that will be conducted with the funds recieved from the evening and shared her support for all with Down syndrome as she walked the runway with Jamie Foxx’s sister, DeOndra Dixon.
“The former NFL quarterback was just one of the celebrity guests who helped make the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 2016 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show in Denver, Colorado, a success. Manning not only walked down the runway on Nov. 12, he also took part in the grand finale…”
Down Syndrome ‘Be Beautiful’ Fashion Show Raises $2.1 Million
November 14, 2016
Celebrities and models with Down syndrome stepped onto the catwalk, this past Saturday, at Global’s annual Be Beautiful Fashion Show. The fundraiser raises money and awareness for medical care and research for Down syndrome.
Celebities Support Global Down Syndrome FoundationNovember 14, 2016Celebrities Jamie Foxx, Peyton Manning, Hilary Swank, and Queen Latifah attended Global’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show on Saturday November 12th. Foxx’s sister DeOndra Dixon, who was born with Down syndrome, shared the runway with Queen Latifah.WATCH VIDEO
Jamie Foxx, Hilary Swank and More Team Up for Global Down Syndrome Fashion Show
November 14, 2016
Oscar winner, Jamie Foxx cheered on his sister, DeOndra Dixon, during a fashion show charity event over the weekend benefiting the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.
Models With Down Syndrome Walk with Hollywood Stars
November 13, 2016
The largest Down syndrome fundraiser in the country was hosted in Denver,CO last night. Hollywood talent and professional athletes were paired with models with Down syndrome as they walked the runway in support of funding for medical care and research for Down syndrome.
Queen Latifah Works the Runway With Jamie Foxx’s Sister at Charity Event
November 13, 2016
Queen Latifah and Jamie Foxx’s Sister strike a pose on the runway at Global’s 2016 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, a fundraiser supporting medical care and research for those with Down syndrome.
Kim Christiansen sits down with Global President and CEO, Michelle Sie Whitten, and 2016 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award winner, Frank Stephens, to discuss the upcoming Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show.
Anna Sie and Global President and CEO, Michelle Sie Whitten, share a sneak peek look at the models and celebrities that will dawn the runway at the upcoming Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show. The fundraiser supports research and medical care aimed at improving the lives of those with Down syndrome and Alzheimers.
Matt Dillon and John C. McGinley Set to Walk the Runway at Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show
November 7, 2016
Hollywood celebrities will escort models with Down syndrome down the runway at Global’s 2016 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion show. Special guests include the 2016 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award Recipient, Frank Stephens.
Mario Lopez Hosts 2016 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show
November 6, 2016
Actor and entertainer, Mario Lopez is scheduled to host the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, one of the largest Down syndrome fundraisers in the country that raises funds for medical care and research.
Fashion Show Benefits Global Down Syndrome Foundation
November 5, 2016
Global CEO and President Michelle Sie Whitten, joined by Model Sam Levin shares excitement for the upcoming 2016 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show and explains how the funds from the event further medical care and research for Down syndrome.
Global hosts executive breakfast featuring Dr. Joaquin Espinosa and his presentation of the Human Trisome Project, a “discovery-accelerating platform for Down syndrome, cancer, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disease and neurological disorders.”
Global Down Syndrome Foundation Teams with Global Livingston Institute
October 26, 2016
Global Down Syndrome Foundation and the Global Livingston Institute announce a research initiative to account for exiting programs, services, and resources for those living with Down syndrome in Uganda.
People with Down Syndrome Are a Gift to BIoscience
October 24, 2016
Global President and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten shares the importance of continual funding and research for Down syndrome, speaking directly to the medical insights to be gained in the Alzheimer’s community.
Model Amanda Booth Dares to Defy Down Syndrome Stereotypes
October 18, 2016
Model Amanda Booth details her experience raising a son with Down syndrome and, as an advocate for awareness, praises Global’s efforts to “detail the realities of Down syndrome” through its new Prenatal Testing Pamphlet.
Down Syndrome Is Most Common in Women Under 35, But Why?
October 17, 2016
Romper magazine explores why women under 35 have children born with Down syndrome, the benefits of Global’s Prenatal Testing Pamphlet, and ways in which we can educate and create a more inclusive society with those who have Down syndrome.
Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s President and CEO, Michelle Sie Whitten, among those to attend annual gala benefiting arc Thrift Stores, which provides programs and services for Coloradans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Part the Cloud Challenge Aggressively Pursues Alzheimer’s Treatments
October 3, 2016
The 2016 Part the Cloud Challenge on Neuroinflammation awards $1million in funds to Huntington Potter, Ph.D to further clinical trials for FDA-approved drug Leukine, which helps remove sticky plaques – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.
Denver Broncos Kicker, Brandon McManus, found himself motivated to co-found the Anti Bully Squad foundation after witnessing bullying in the life of 9-year-old Ryder Braden, who was born with Down syndrome.
FLAIR! – Global Down Syndrome Foundation Hosts Tennis Exhibition
August 17, 2016
Kicking off in its first year, the Dare To Play Tennis Camp provides an opportunity for children and adults with Down syndrome and their typical peers to learn the basic skills of tennis over six weeks.
CU Anschutz Researcher Receives $1 Million for Alzheimer’s Research
August 2, 2016
Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome Scientist, Huntington Potter Ph.D., receives $1 million from fundraising initiative, Part the Cloud. Investment will kickstart brain inflammation treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.
Global’s Dare to Play Camp with Ed McCaffrey, Benefits Those With Down Syndrome
June 18, 2016
Global Down Syndrome Foundation and father-son duo Ed and Christian McCaffrey give people with Down syndrome the opportunity to play football or cheer in these yearly camps. It’s one of the best camps put on each summer by former and current Broncos.
Broncos TV covers Global’s Dare to Play Football and Cheer Camps, produced in collaboration with Ed McCaffrey, Valor Christian High School, and the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. Featured interviews include former professional football player Ed McCaffrey, his son, 2015 Heisman Trophy Runner-up Christian McCaffrey, and Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos Punter Britton Colquitt.
Global’s Dare to Play Football 2016 with Ed McCaffrey
June 18, 2016
Christian McCaffrey returns for the sixth year to dad Ed McCaffrey’s and Global’s Dare to Play Football and Cheer Camps, which give individuals with Down syndrome the opportunity to learn skills and participate in a game.
Carlos Gonzalez Paired Up with Marcus Sikora for a Home Run with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation
June 15, 2016
Mardra Sikora’s blog about her son, author and self-advocate Marcus Sikora, teaming up with Major League Baseball star Carlos “CarGo” González for the cover of the Spring 2016 Issue of Down Syndrome World™.
Surrogate Mom Who Kept Baby with Down Syndrome Says Toddler Is Hitting Milestones
April 19, 2016
ABC News consulted Global Down Syndrome Foundation President and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten about the stigmas baby Delaney and other people with DS face, the achievements of the DS community, and the need for continued advocacy and inclusion.
Why We Should All Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day
March 21, 2016
“While it is important to celebrate all the things that people with Down syndrome can do and how similar they are to others, I would argue it is equally important to acknowledge the ongoing fight against discrimination that their differences evoke.”
– Joaquín Espinosa, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Associate Director for Science, Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome
Governor, Rep. Coffman Honor World Down Syndrome Day
March 19, 2016
Governor John Hickenlooper and Representative Mike Coffman joined the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, self-advocates, and their families at the Colorado Capitol for a special event in honor of World Down Syndrome Day and celebrated the announcement of $1 million in funding for Down syndrome related research.
Dr. Joaquin Espinosa, Associate Director for Science at the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and self-advocate Michael Walters are interviewed about Down syndrome research and World Down Syndrome Day.
Michelle Sie Whitten, President and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, and motivational speaker, restauranteur, and self-advocate Tim Harris, discuss World Down Syndrome Day events with Mark Taylor and Chris Spear of CBS4-Denver.
Megan Bomgaars, the breakout star of A&E’s hit reality show Born This Way, and Dr. Joaquin Espinosa, Associate Director for Science at the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, talk with Chris Parente and Kathie J of FOX31-Denver about the March 11th I Love You dance party and Down Syndrome research efforts.
Hugging Restaurant Owner Inspires During Denver Visit
March 11, 2016
Tim Harris, a motivational speaker, restauranteur, and self-advocate, talks about hosting Global’s March 11th I Love You dance party in Denver, and appears with Michelle Sie Whitten, President and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation to promote Down syndrome research and awareness.
Colorado Doctors Test a Promising New Alzheimer’s Drug
February 22, 2016
Dr. Huntington Potter, Research Director for the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center, is looking at how genetics play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, and is specifically studying people with Down syndrome for answers. From Here & Now contributor Colorado Public Radio, John Daley reports.
Dr. Joaquin Espinosa, Associate Director for Science at the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, explains “Imagine for a moment there’s a group of individuals, 450,000 of them in the U.S.A., that are highly protected from cancer. Wouldn’t you want to study them to find out what is particular about them?”
As Boomers Age, Alzheimer’s Research Picks Up. Will A Cure Follow?
Jan. 26, 2016
People with Down syndrome, “have an extra copy of chromosome 21 and that means they have an extra copy of the main Alzheimer’s gene, which is on chromosome 21,” Huntington Potter, research director of the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center, told Colorado Public Radio.
Down Syndrome Is Thought to Hold Clues to Alzheimer’s
Jan. 21, 2016
The Alzheimer’s Association, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other groups believe studying Alzheimer’s in individuals with Down syndrome may yield treatments more quickly for everyone according to this The Wall Street Journal article.