If there was one vastly underestimated resident at The Manor, it was Will, the doctor with Down syndrome.
Ron and Genie’s third pregnancy was something of a surprise, and they chose to recognize it as a blessing. But then the concerns started piling up, including markers for Down syndrome and significant heart defects.
When parenting a child with special needs, it’s easy to fix your eyes on the next surgery, therapy, diet or appointment. But it’s often difficult to simply embrace and enjoy your child in the moment.
Trevor Hendershot has Down syndrome, along with a ready smile and boundless energy. Devoted sports fans go out of their way to say hello to him at games, and Trevor greets many stadium regulars by name. Even the team players know him, and his enthusiasm is contagious.
In announcing the winner of their annual baby photo search, Gerber has affirmed what millions of people already believe: Every child deserves to live.
While plenty of parents seem eager to avoid the prospect entirely, talking to those in the throes of raising a child with Down syndrome reveals a much different perspective.