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Politico Marin lands at Mylan
December 14, 2017

In Washington, D.C., Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Pete Sessions, Mike Coffman and Rosa DeLauro all came together to support the Global Down Syndrome Foundation at a reception. Predominant news journalists’ also attended, including Kyra Phillips of CNN who emceed the event. The reception is one of the major stepping stones in providing critical and life-changing funding for Down syndrome research from the National Institutes of Health.

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CBS Denver Special Ballerinas Dance ‘The Nutcracker’ With The Pros
December 12, 2017

The Colorado Ballet is coming Together 4 Colorado by working with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation to make ballerinas with Down syndrome shine.

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Denver Business Journal Good Works: $2.6 million raised for Down Syndrome at Denver event
December 12, 2017

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation held its annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, and raised a record $2.6 million for research, medical care and advocacy for people with the genetic condition.​

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Denver Post John and Anna Sie honored at Collectors’ Choice 37
December 8, 2017

It should come as no surprise that John Sie, the founder and former chairman of Starz Entertainment group and the man regarded as the father of digital television, has a keen eye for detail.
As does his wife, Anna.

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Fox 31 Be Beautiful Be Yourself: The Nutcracker
December 6, 2017

Two ballet stars from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance Class have been chosen by the Colorado Ballet for their official production of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker.” Both students will share the to show off their dance talents!

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The Villager Beautiful, and then some
December 6, 2017

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation raised a record $2.6 million for life-changing research and medical care at its ninth annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself fashion show Nov. 11 at the Sheraton Downtown Denver.

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Baltimore Sun Abortion is not a ‘cure’ for Down syndrome
November 26, 2017

Many of us, whether we’re liberal or conservative, believe the media can be biased, but the bias is not just about ideology. It’s also based in favor of conflict and strife. What else explains why a congressional hearing more inspiring than acrimonious last month largely flew under the radar?

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Mic Joe Manganiello on walking for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s “Be Beautiful, Be Yourself” fashion show
November 24, 2017

It’s a charity that’s close to my heart. Growing up going to Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, [they] had a TV studio and I used to borrow cameras and I would make my own movies. The person who ran the studio when I was there, her sister had Down syndrome and they were really great friends of our family; we used to spend holidays together.

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The Doctors News in 2:00: Celebrities Raise Millions for Global Down Syndrome Foundation

November 16, 2017


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Extra TV “Extra’s” Jerry Penacoli spoke with Jamie Foxx, Joe Manganiello and Eva Longoria at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s annual fashion show and gala

November 13, 2017

On Sunday, “Extra’s” Jerry Penacoli spoke with Jamie Foxx at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s annual fashion show and gala as he was getting ready for a big milestone! Jamie was joined by his sister DeOndra Dixon as he hosted the event in Denver. Of the foundation’s goal for people with Down syndrome, he said, “People can now see them in a regular light. We’re raising money for research.”

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Access_Hollywood Star Sightings: November 2017

November 11, 2017

Jamie Foxx, sister DeOndra Dixon and Michelle Sie Whitten, President of Global at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show on Saturday 11th November in Denver, Colorado

 

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Inside Edition People Magazine features our 2017 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Stars!

November 11, 2017

Jamie Foxx meets with his sister DeOndra Dixon, Global Down Syndrome Foundation President Michelle Sie Whitten as well as this year’s Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award winner and Australian model, Madeline Stuart to gear up up for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 2017 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show in Denver on Saturday.

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Daily Blast Live Daily Blast Live

November 11, 2017

Celebrities hit the red carpet for this year’s “Be Beautiful, Be Yourself” fashion show, put on by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

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Daily Mail Turning 21 with style! Model Madeline Stuart celebrates her milestone birthday with Eva Longoria at Down syndrome gala before dancing with 30 friends on a boat in the Gold Coast
November 21, 2017

It has been a whirlwind month for Madeline Stuart, who went from rubbing shoulders with Eva Longoria to celebrating her 21st birthday on a sailboat in the Gold Coast. The Australian model with Down syndrome strutted her stuff down the catwalk for the Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show in Denver, Colorado. Madeline was a guest of honour at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s star-studded event, receiving the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy award.

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Style & Society Eva Longoria Honored at Global Down Syndrome Foundation Fashion Show

November 15, 2017

The single largest fundraiser for Down syndrome research in the country, the nonprofit celebrated a milestone year for medical research and advocacy around the genetic condition. The event included a sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions including a grand piano signed by entertainment legends Quincy Jones and Jamie Foxx and a fashion show featuring the supporting celebrities walking alongside models with Down syndrome who stole the show.

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Huffington Post Everyone Shines at the Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Event

November 14, 2017

Academy Award winners Jamie Foxx and Marisa Tomei were among several stars who recently walked the Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show runway in Denver, Colorado.

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Inside Edition Man With Down Syndrome Admits He Was Nervous During Impassioned Testimony to Congress

November 6, 2017

“I was not usually nervous, but I was that day,” Stephens later told InsideEdition.com. “I’m a little annoyed that I stuttered as much as I did, but pleased that the committee really seemed to listen.”

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The Atlantic ‘I Am a Man With Down Syndrome and My Life Is Worth Living’

October 30, 2017

Congressional testimony that illuminates what a developmental disability means—and doesn’t mean. Last week, the actor, Special Olympian, and advocate Frank Stephens gave this testimony to Congress: “I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living.” In fact, he went farther: “I have a great life!”

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BBC Why Down’s syndrome is a ‘gift’ to medical research

November 4, 2017

Frank Stephens has Down’s syndrome. He’s appeared before a sub-committee of the US Congress to urge them to fund research into the condition and its possible links to Alzheimer’s. He explains why.

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Vogue Australia Australian model Madeline Stuart is singlehandedly changing the fashion industry

November 1, 2017

Australian-born and internationally recognised model Madeline Stuart is a face you’re about to see a lot more of. Known for her pioneering work as a Down Syndrome model, the 20-year-old is set to take the stage at this year’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show where she will be recognised for her work, while also being granted the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award.

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Denver Post Seen: Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show
November 16, 2017

For starters, Oscar winners Marisa Tomei and Jamie Foxx flew in for the event that raised $2.6 million for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and were joined by fellow celebs Matt Dillon (“Crash,” “You, Me and Dupree”), Joe Manganiello (“Magic Mike,” “True Blood”), Denis O’Hare (“Dallas Buyers Club” “This Is Us”) and John C. McGinley of “Scrubs.”

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People Espanol Sofía Vergara’s husband walks with models who have Down syndrome
November 11, 2017

Although the first thing that comes to women’s mind when thinking about Joe Manganiello is his attractive physique, it is worth mentioning he also has a big heart. He often attends fundraising events, and this past weekend he returned to do his bit for a noble cause: helping kids with Down syndrome.

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CO Politics Denver education center for people with Down syndrome gets $1 million boost
November 21, 2017

An educational center in Denver for people with Down syndrome has received an amazing display of heart and generosity. The Salah Foundation gave $1 million to the Colorado-based Global Down Syndrome Foundation during a gala this month.

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3 News Now Omahans with Down syndrome model in fashion show: Your Family Now
November 22, 2017

Fourteen-year-old Walt Snodgrass recently shared a stage with A-listers like Jamie Foxx, Marisa Tomei, Quincy Jones, Eva Longoria and more. They raised millions of dollars for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

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9 News Fashion show in Denver raises funds for Down syndrome awareness and research

November 13, 2017
 

The point of the night was to raise money for scientific research into Down syndrome – and raise awareness about the condition. That’s the refrain that celeb after celeb told the press at the red carpet of the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion show at the Sheraton in downtown Denver Saturday evening.

 

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Getty Images Global Down Syndrome Be Beautiful Be Yourself 2017 Pictures and Images
November 11, 2017

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Zimbio Photos from Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show 2017
November 11, 2017

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Bella NY Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx Support Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 9th Annual Fashion Show
November 11, 2017

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation held its 9th Annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show (BBBY) to raise critical funding to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome while celebrating a milestone year for medical research and advocacy around this least-funded genetic condition.

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9 News ‘Be Beautiful, Be Yourself’ fashion show in Denver

November 11, 2017

Today, models getting ready to work the runway at the Sheraton in downtown Denver.

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Colorado PBS 12 Michelle Sie Whitten on Devil’s Advocate with Jon Caldara

November 10, 2017

Michelle Sie Whitten, President and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, joins host Jon Caldara to discuss their kids with Down Syndrome, NIH funding, Frank’s testimony, and Iceland’s horrific policy.

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Omaha World Herald Omaha actor, writer, advocate will walk runway as ambassador for Down syndrome foundation

November 10, 2017

Last year, Sikora — a 27-year-old Omaha writer, actor and fashion model with Down syndrome — got to walk the runway with an Oscar-winning actress. This weekend, he’ll walk with another.

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Columbus Dispatch Frank Stephens: Down syndrome research offers big payoff

November 8, 2017

“I’m a lucky man. I was born in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. If I had been born in any one of many other countries, or even here a generation earlier, my life would likely have been short and unhappy.” -Frank Stephens

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Fox 31 Denver's 2 News Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show on Everyday Colorado

November 8, 2017

Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show… Supporting the Global Down Syndrome Foundation

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9News ‘Be Beautiful Be Yourself’ Fashion Show in Denver

November 7, 2017

Michelle Sie Whitten, the president and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Research Foundation, and Dr. Joaquin Espinosa, the executive director of the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, joined us on 9NEWS at 4 p.m. to discuss how they got involved and their respective organizations.

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Fox 31 Denver's 2 News Global’s Michelle Sie Whitten & Joaquin Espinosa on Denver’s Own Channel 2

November 7, 2017


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CO Best Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show– Global Down Syndrome Foundation

November 8, 2017

It’s one of the biggest charity events in Denver, the “Be Beautiful, Be Yourself” fashion show, benefitting the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

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KOA News Global’s Michelle Sie Whitten discusses scientific research related to Down syndrome on Denver’s KOA News Radio

November 7, 2017


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pbs_news_hour PBS News Hour

October 26, 2017

“I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living,” said Frank Stephens, a Down syndrome advocate, to lawmakers on Capitol Hill in an effort to urge them to fund research on the condition.

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denverpost Denver Post Features Need for More Down Syndrome Research

October 25, 2017

Joaquin Espinosa, Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome explains that people with Down syndrome get fewer cancers, but CU researchers need more funding to understand why. This is why he is testifying in front of congress to address money for studying Down syndrome. “People with Down syndrome can give you a window into understanding 50 percent of all deaths in America,” he says. “There is just no way we don’t find something that helps the bigger population.”

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Morning Consult Congress Can Do More on Down Syndrome, Alzheimer’s Research – Michelle Sie Whitten

November 6, 2017

“I had an amniocentesis when I was pregnant with my first child. I was told there was little chance my daughter would live past three years old. I was told I should consider termination.”

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WMTV-NBC Locals travel to DC for Down syndrome Congress hearing

November 6, 2017

One family from Mount Horeb traveled hundreds of miles to Washington D.C. to voice their support for people with Down Syndrome.

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Denver 7 News Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion show to benefit Global Down Syndrome Foundation

November 4, 2017

Every year Hollywood stars grace the stage in Denver to help raise money for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. The Be Beautiful Be Yourself fashion show returns to Denver with another list of Hollywood stars attending.

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Daily Hearld Their Voice: Why we must embrace, not eliminate, Down syndrome

November 4, 2017

It’s probably hard for most of us to envision, but imagine you are sitting on your couch watching your favorite nighttime television show. During a commercial break, you see a clip from the news program that will follow featuring the announcement that “Iceland has eliminated Down syndrome. More to come.”

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LV Sun Reduction of Down syndrome research funding in US worrisome

November 4, 2017

“I’m a lucky man. I was born in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. If I had been born in any one of many other countries, or even here a generation earlier, my life would likely have been short and unhappy.” -Frank Stephens

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News OK Opinion: Congress faces a choice on Down syndrome research

November 4, 2017

“I’m a lucky man. I was born in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. If I had been born in any one of many other countries, or even here a generation earlier, my life would likely have been short and unhappy.” -Frank Stephens

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Savannah Now Congress at crossroads on Down Syndrome

November 5, 2017

“I’m a lucky man. I was born in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. If I had been born in any one of many other countries, or even here a generation earlier, my life would likely have been short and unhappy.” -Frank Stephens

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Inside Sources Congress Faces a Choice on Down Syndrome Research

October 30, 2017

“I’m a lucky man. I was born in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. If I had been born in any one of many other countries, or even here a generation earlier, my life would likely have been short and unhappy.” -Frank Stephens

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LV Review Journal Reduction of Down syndrome research funding in US worrisome

November 4, 2017

“I’m a lucky man. I was born in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. If I had been born in any one of many other countries, or even here a generation earlier, my life would likely have been short and unhappy.” -Frank Stephens

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QCOnline Why invest in Down syndrome research? -Frank Stephens

November 2, 2017

“I’m a lucky man. I was born in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. If I had been born in any one of many other countries, or even here a generation earlier, my life would likely have been short and unhappy.” -Frank Stephens

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Rock_Island Bustos backs greater efforts on Down syndrome, says effects could be widespread

November 1, 2017

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) considers her recent testimony on Down syndrome funding and research a matter of life and death.

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the_villager Down Syndrome Foundation collaborating on groundbreaking research project

November 1, 2017

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation announced Oct 17 that Biogen, a neuroscience leader has joined the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and the University of Colorado School of Medicine in a groundbreaking project that explores the connection between Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome.

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GV_Wire Will Congress Fully Fund Down Syndrome Research?

October 31, 2017

“I’m a lucky man. I was born in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. If I had been born in any one of many other countries, or even here a generation earlier, my life would likely have been short and unhappy.” -Frank Stephens

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the_blaze ‘Let’s be America, not Iceland’: Watch Down syndrome advocate’s powerful Capitol Hill testimony

October 27, 2017

Stephens, a Quincy Jones Advocate at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, told the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday that “I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living.”

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Now_This Now This

October 27, 2017

‘I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living’ — this advocate made an emotional plea for more research funding

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the_mighty The Mighty

October 26, 2017

We need to listen more to people like Frank Stephens.

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colorado politics Down syndrome advocates tell Congress research leads to breakthroughs

October 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — Actor and Down syndrome advocate Frank Stephens was greeted by a standing ovation after he testified at a congressional hearing Wednesday. Stephens, who lives in the Washington, D.C, area, spoke on behalf the Denver-based Global Down Syndrome Foundation at a hearing to determine whether Congress should fund more research into the genetic abnormality.

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villager Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s fashion show brings out the stars

October 26, 2017

Models with Down syndrome, such as 2017 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador Marcus Sikora, will be joined on the runway of next month’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show by such celebrities as Oscar-winning actress Marisa Tomei, Eva Longoria, Joe Manganiello, Tony-winning Denis O’Hare, actor-author-comedian and Global board member John C. McGinley, Jamie Foxx and more.

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c-span Down Syndrome: Update on the State of the Science & Potential for Discoveries Across Other Major Diseases

October 25, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which provides federal funding for the National Institutes of Health, held the first ever hearing on current and future research funding priorities to accelerate scientific discovery that will benefit individuals with Down syndrome and lead to new therapies to treat Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and other major diseases.

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herald_chronicle Global Down Syndrome Foundation supporters attend milestone Down Syndrome Congressional hearing

October 25, 2017

Kathryn Lewis and Latricia Milburn from Tennessee are supporting Global Down Syndrome Foundation (“Global”) at the milestone hearing on Down syndrome research organized by the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

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colorado Politics Colorado’s work on Down syndrome research headed to D.C.

October 22, 2017

When a U.S. House committee holds the first-ever hearing on Down syndrome research next week, Colorado’s groundbreaking work and generous philanthropy will be in the spotlight. The House Health and Human Services Subcommittee is scheduled to hear testimony on science and discoveries on major diseases next Wednesday morning.

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coloradoandco Peter Kudla & Michelle Sie Whitten featured on Colorado & Company segment discussing the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show

October 20, 2017

 

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coloradopublicradio CPR Health Reporter, John Daley discusses Human Trisome Project with Global CEO Michelle Sie Whitten

October 20, 2017

“People with Down syndrome are either predisposed to or protected from a number of conditions including Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases and cancers.”

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coloradopublicradio Colorado Poet’s Brain To Be Used To Study Down Syndrome-Alzheimer’s Link

October 4, 2017

Gretchen Josephson of Denver was a shining example of what a woman with Down Syndrome could accomplish. Josephson, who died this spring at the age of 62, was a published poet and spoke internationally. As is common for people with Down Syndrome, she eventually developed Alzheimer’s Disease.

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denverpost Pregnant women deserve accurate information about Down syndrome: Global Down Syndro​me Foundation responds to CBS story on Iceland’s ‘eradication’ of Down syndrome

August 25, 2017

Michelle Sie Whitten, President and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation released the following statement today regarding the recent CBSN story on ‘eradicating’ Down syndrome in Iceland.

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media-logos-9news CO doctors find preliminary results ‘positive’ in early tests of Alzheimers drug

July 19, 2017

A group of doctors from Colorado, in London for an international conference on Alzheimers, made a significant announcement Wednesday about a drug that could make a significant impact in the fight against Alzheimers. They told the gathering that preliminary results on the first human trials of the drug “Leukine” as a treatment for Alzheimers have met with unexpected success.

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media-logos-9news 9News , and Colorado & Company showcase the spirit of Global’s DTP Football and Cheer Camp

June 17, 2017 

Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Dare to Play Football and Cheer camp had early coverage from 9news’ Colorado & Company. Global President and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten along with Global Ambassador Clarissa Capuano represented the camp, Clarissa even showcased her favorite cheer on live TV! 9News also joined Global on game day.

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denverpost Dare to Play Football and Cheer camp featured by lead Bronco and NFL writer

June 17, 2017

The Denver Post lead Broncos and NFL writer Nicki Jhabvala highlights how Global’s DTP Football and Cheer Camp raises awareness and funds for Down syndrome research and care. The indepth article cheers on the celebrity football coaches– Brandon Stokley, Tyler Polumbus, Todd Davis, and Shaquil Barrett– who all helped make game day one to never forget!

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CBS-4-Denver-Web CBS4 supports Global’s Dare to Play Football and Cheer Program

June 17, 2017

The coverage of Global’s Dare to Play Football and Cheer program began a week before kick off. The Perry family woke up early to represent Global on CBS4 for a morning interview to talk about their experience with the camp, especially player Chase who showed the newsteam his touchdown dance. CBS4 also covered game day calling it a “football camp like no other.”

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22-denver-business-journal Global team welcomes dynamic Chief Development Officer 

June 05, 2017

Global Down Syndrome Foundation Chief Development Officer Jennifer Hendrick returns to her native Colorado to join Global from Advocate Charitable Foundation in Chicago. Hendrick, Global’s first CDO, is tasked with launching a comprehensive campaign to ensure the sustainability and success of Global.

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media-logos-9news How studying those with Down syndrome gives us hope for Alzheimer’s 

May 22, 2017

In a 30 minute special the 9news team explores the work being done in Colorado on Alzheimer’s. The piece features work being done by Dr. Huntington Potter, Director of Alzheimer’s Disease Programs at the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome — a Global affiliate — , and Director of the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center. 

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media-logos-9news Global’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance Program showcased on 9News 

May 19, 2017

Global’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself dancers shared not only their ballet skills with 9news, but how the program helps the dancers with Down syndrome build strength, stability, and most importantly confidence. In her interview, Global President and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten shares her excitement for the BBBY Spring dance performance. 

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 denverpost Former Sie Center physical therapist private practice thriving

May 08, 2017

Sarah Mann, doctor of physical therapy and manager of Mann Method PT and Fitness, has been working with adults with Down syndrome since 2004. After receiving her doctor of physical therapy degree in 2012 from the University of Colorado, Anschutz, she worked at the Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital until 2015. The talented physical therapist then transitioned to a private practice to increase access to specialized PT services for adults and children with developmental disabilities. The Denver Post highlights Mann’s flourishing business that’s changing lives. 

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Global’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Ambassador recognized in The Huffington Post 

May 08, 2017

Mardra Sikora shares her life-experiences alongside her son Marcus Sikora, the 2017 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Ambassador, in an article in The Huffington Post. The mother, author, speaker, and advocate talks about her and Marcus’ adventures through life, like the day Marcus was born and about the time the both of them spoke at the United Nations on World Down Syndrome Day. 

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Hockey player’s helmet raises $6K for Global 

April 07, 2017

Bloomington Thunder goalie Logan Halladay specially designed a helmet with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation logo on it. He held a season-long raffle for the helmet and raised $6,120 for Global. A huge thank you to Logan and the Thunder! 

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Illinois hockey player dedicates mask to Global’s mission

April 04, 2017

Global’s mission is brought to life every time Logan Halladay hits the ice with the Bloomington Thunder hockey team. The goalie put the Global logo on his mask to advocate for people with Down syndrome. 25 News Today sat down with Halladay to learn more about his goalie mask and why he dedicated it to Global.

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Rockin’ that extra chromosome on World Down Syndrome Day

March 29, 2017

The excitement of Global’s World Down Syndrome Day celebration was captured on the front page of The Villager. The article showcases pictures of Global’s President and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten and her daughter Sophia, as well as group photos including Governor John Hickenlooper. 

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Telemundo Denver celebrates Global’s WDSD event

March 21, 2017

Global’s celebration for World Down Syndrome Day at the Colorado Capital has been mentioned in multiple newspapers and on-air with television stations throughout Colorado. Telemundo Denver was able to capture all the excitement of the event and interviewed an attendee.

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For the First Time Uganda Celebrates World Down Syndrome Day

March 21, 2017

While World Down Syndrome Day has been recognized widely internationally, Uganda participated formally for the first time in 2017. Celebrations are taking place as part of a growing movement to better provide resources and support for persons with Down syndrome in Uganda. In 2016, Global and The Global Livingston Institute announced a major joint initiative to map existing resources and services available to persons with Down syndrome, and their caretakers, living in Uganda.

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The Villager captures Global’s excitement for 3 ICON award wins 

March 21, 2017

The Villager captured Global President and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten , and Global team members Anca Elena Call, Martha Cronen and Ashley Sparhawk alongside self-advocate Elyssa at the 2017 ICON awards. Global took home 3 awards that evening, which include Best Overall Event, Best Entertainment Concept & Execution, and Best Invitation.

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Global board member John C. McGinley stars in WDSD video that’s making headlines across the world 

March 21, 2017

From the US to Italy, even to Poland, John C. McGinley—a Global board member— is being recognized across the world for his role in a World Down Syndrome Day video called “Not Special Needs.” The video addresses the “special needs” issue directly by humorously pointing out needs that would really be special — like eating a dinosaur egg, wearing a giant suit of armor to buy groceries, or getting a back massage from a cat. McGinley’s role in the video was mentioned in AdWeek, Huffington Post Poland, La Rosa Rosa Online, and Genova Post.

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Fox31 Supports Global on World Down Syndrome Day 

March 21, 2017

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.

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9News features Global’s Petition of Support for more funding for Down syndrome research

March 19, 2017

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.

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Global shares excitement and importance of WDSD with CBS 4

March 19, 2017

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.

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Global photograph at ICON awards lights up The Denver Post

March 18, 2017

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.

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Global Board Member John C. McGinley shows support for WDSD video in The Huffington Post Italy

March 18, 2017

Global Board Member John C. McGinley is recognized in a Huffington Post Italy article for his role in and 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.

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Global’s Dare to Play Programs featured in national magazine

March 16, 2017

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. 

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CNN features Global Scientist

March 9, 2017

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. 

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The Joy of watching ‘Lovebirds’ William and Lynda

February 19, 2017

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.

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voice-america-logo Disability Matters

February 7, 2017

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.

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logo Mary Ann Allen: My Friend Lovey

January 23, 2017

Crnic Institute Sie Post-Doctoral Fellow Mary Ann Allen shares how a childhood friendship inspired her to research Down syndrome and look for similarities rather than differences.

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