So I was wondering what to write about to kick off this wonderful month, when I came upon the perfect beginning. I read the following article about Karen Gaffney and her triumphant swim across Lake Tahoe! http://www.sierrasun.com/article/20070928/LIFE01/70927006
Doug, Sean and I had the honor of hearing Karen speak at the National Down Syndrome Congress convention this past August. She is an inspiring speaker and amazing individual. I was moved to tears hearing her talk at the convention and seeing her reach her goal in Lake Tahoe brought me to tears again. She truly is leading the way to the future for my son and all individuals with Down syndrome! At 29 years old, she has a college degree, is a busy spokesperson for her non-profit group and, obviously, an incredible athlete.
As a person who embarrassingly dog paddles her way around the 5' section of a pool, I can't help but be in awe of Karen. What this article left out, is the fact that only 10 other people have been known to swim this strenuous stretch across the lake. Ever.
As Karen said at the convention, "We can make our dreams come true. I believe in you. Together we CAN do it!"