Three years ago on February 17, 2015 our son Isaac Parker was born unexpectedly with Down Syndrome. Prior to Isaac, we had little to no exposure to children or adults with Trisomy 21. Just to name a few discoveries for us that Isaac experienced due to this extra chromosome were delays in physical abilities, speech, cognitive development, low muscle tone, and tiny passage ways for sinuses. Most surprising and saddening was the relationship with Alzheimer's Disease. We have learned a lot in this short time and are excited to be a part of a foundation dedicated to research in this area. I am running the Disney Princess Half Marathon on February 25th to show awareness and support for the LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation. The mission of LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation is to stimulate biomedical research that will accelerate the development of treatments to significantly improve cognition, including memory, learning and speech, for individuals with Down syndrome so they: • participate more successfully in school and employment, • lead more active and independent lives, and • avoid the early cognitive decline with aging and Alzheimer’s Disease.