JD Hennessy is a happy, active 2-yr-vintage who loves to simply accept ball events inside the kitchen along with his 4-12 months-vintage sister.
He moreover likes to sing — “The Wheels at the Bus” is his usual preferred — and climb all around the house.
“I take delivery of said aback he turned into integrated he’s the whole infant. He nonetheless is,” stated his mom, Amanda Hennessy. “He sleeps in a position-bodied and doesn’t cry except he’s hungry or tired. He’s the first-class.”
Still, JD faces an entire life of challenges because he has Down syndrome, a genetic ataxia that reasons bodily enhance delays and mild to abstinent bookish disability. But abutment from the Down Affection Affiliation of Jacksonville, which will take delivery of a “reimagined” variation of its anniversary Associate Airing fundraiser on Oct. 17, has eased his and the own family’s course.
Executive Director Debbie Revels turned into one of the aboriginal bodies they talked to afterwards the diagnosis, which became fabricated aboriginal on in Hennessy’s pregnancy, and she became an aboriginal organization afterwards they introduced JD home.
“She talked and I aloof cried. I changed into so afraid for his drawing near and didn’t urge for food it to be tougher on JD or his sister,” Hennessy stated. “She promised it wouldn’t be. I ambition I believed her [then]. I receive her now aback she tells me some thing.”
The association has been analytical for Hennessy and husband Jamie and babe Harper, who be given start a “support gadget” of introduced households who receive accouchement with Down syndrome.
“I receive a accumulation babble hobby with seven other moms,” she said. “These women movement support, acclamation my kiddo on, actuate me, acknowledgment questions and recommendation as we go this new accustomed together. We bless anniversary other’s milestones and admonish anniversary brought that our kiddos gets there aback it is their time.