Saturday, October 10, 2009

Article from the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress!! -- Day 10

Support Karen Gaffney's Boston Harbor

(Please click on the link above if you would like to help sponsor Karen in her swim!!)

8 Mile Swim for Down Syndrome!

Karen Gaffney will swim eight miles in Boston Harbor on October 8th and make an appearance at the MDSC Buddy Walk at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, Massachusetts on October 11th to help support and raise money for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. If you want to support her and the MDSC please click the general donation button.
Karen Gaffney is the President of a non-profit organization dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion in families, schools, the workplace and the community for people with developmental disabilities. She is doing this by creating awareness and calling attention to the tremendous capabilities of people with disabilities. Karen accomplishes this through presentations and workshops delivered all over the country. Karen graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Oregon and earned a two-year Associates of Science degree from Portland Community College. She successfully swam the English Channel as part of a six-person relay team. And just last year, she accomplished her biggest swimming Challenge yet… she swam 9-miles across Lake Tahoe in 59-degree water to raise money for the National Down Syndrome Congress and to show the world that people with Down Syndrome are more alike, rather than different, from everyone else. Karen travels the country speaking to a wide range of audiences about overcoming limitations and about what can be accomplished with positive expectations. Karen tackles any challenge she faces with determination and commitment, knowing she has limits, but not allowing them to limit her drive to succeed. Oh, and by the way…. Karen Gaffney has Down syndrome.

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