As most of you know on November 29, 2011 our family was blessed with our sweet girl, Channing Faith Noel. Channing completed our family. She is the greatest gift our family could imagine. She also happens to have an extra chromosome, which means she was made with a little extra sweetness we like to say. :-) She loves to hug everyone and offer high fives. No one is a stranger and her smile lights up a room. she is a tad bossy ( a tad-lol!) but we would not change a thing! Last year after an EGD and colonoscopy Channing was diagnosed with lymphocytic colitis, an extremely rare form of colitis in children. She has recently had a liver biopsy and anther EGD and colonoscopy which all came back abnormal. At this point we know her immune system is not working properly, but we are blessed with an incredible team of Drs at John Hopkins Hospital who are currently working to find out what is going on with Channing and her immune system and come up with a plan of treatment to relieve her colitis symptoms and get her immune system working correctly. We put all our faith in God above who blessed us with our perfect girl and this wonderful team of Drs that we have. This year as we walk for the annual step up for Down Syndrome I am reminded that many families who have children born with down syndrome face many medical problems and challenges. We are blessed to be able to go to such a great hospital, but for many families that is not an option. The DSGAR helps so many families in the local area with support, guidance, connecting us all, conferences, training, and fun events and this cannot be done without your support. I ask you to put on your walking shoes and walk with us on Saturday October 8th at the Innsbrook Pavillion for the 10th Annual Step UP for down syndrome 5K and Family festival and be part of our team, Channing's Champions!!! If you are unable to walk I ask that you think about making a donation on behalf of Channing. She will send you big kisses! As always, Thanks in advance for supporting our girl and our family!