Stevie Wonder said it best..."Isn't she lovely...Isn't she wonderful...Isn't she precious...about to be one year old!" Ok, Ruby's parents remixed it just a little bit, but it couldn't be more fitting for our darlin' little girl.
Rubina (Ruby) Hawa Singh is a special girl who has impacted more people than she will ever know. Ruby was born on March 15, 2017 and diagnosed with down syndrome. There was no detection of downs while she was in the womb. In the last year, this lil gal has gone through hell and back, but as always, she's comes out on top because she's a fighter. I'm so lucky to call her my niece and I couldn't think of a better way to honor her 1st birthday than raising funds for the Special Olympics!
Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. This year, they are celebrating 50 years of raising awareness about the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Special Olympics brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together to see and take part in the transformative power of sports.
When a society misunderstands and underestimates the capabilities of people with ID, opportunities are lost; jobs that might be done go undone; chances for friendships that might be sparked pass by; and respect that could be won is lost. It's the mission of Special Olympics to show the world the true nature of people with ID.
As many of you know, I work for the Shriver Center. My organization’s namesake, Sargent Shriver, was the father of Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics. As Chairman, he serves with over 5.3 million Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners across 169 countries.
The connection between my relationship with Ruby and the Shriver Center’s relationship with the Special Olympics is serendipitous, and it motivates me to fundraise for this incredible organization. Just as the Shriver Center works to improve the lives of those living in poverty, the Special Olympics works to improve the lives of those with intellectual disabilities, providing them with an opportunity to grow and succeed. If you are able, please consider donating to the Special Olympics in honor of my niece, Ruby.