We are here to support newborn Kolesten!
Here is a post from Facebook that his momma shared this week:
"This past week has been a whirlwind of emotions, fears and worries, yet joy and SO SO much LOVE. The day Kolesten was born, instead of going to “Italy,” we landed in “Holland.” The road ahead for our little Kolesten is a scary one to say the least but the support and love we have received just in this week has been truly amazing and absolutely needed. We are so thankful for our wonderful families who have stepped up to help us in any way possible while we still learn about the diagnosis of Down Syndrome for Kolesten James. Although this was something so unexpected, we will embrace every single moment with our beautiful son now until forever. We don’t ask for your apologies or for any grief, because this isn’t something to be sorry for, it is something to be grateful for. We have been blessed by such a special gift from God and we will cherish every moment with him. With the many milestones and scary tests he has coming his way, we are only going to become stronger as a couple, as individuals and as a family through it all because HE is the one who is going to make US stronger and more joyful as a whole.
We love this guy so much and his big brother Brecken has been so loving as well. We as a family are ready to take on this world with a smile on every single day.The words I repeated to Sam when we found out the potential diagnosis just the day after Koley was born, we will stand by forever....“God chose me for you, and Kolesten for us.” 💙💛💙💛"
The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota is a statewide nonprofit organization with the mission to empower individuals and their families, to create community, and to celebrate the abilities of people with Down syndrome. Our Annual STEP UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME walk is our largest awareness event and fundraiser. Over 5,000 people join us in person at Como Park every September to raise awareness, celebrate abilities, and create community.
The money raised through the personal campaigns of our AWESOME TEAM CAPTAINS & FAMILIES leading up to this event provide the funding to deliver our mission and programming throughout the year!