Thursday, January 16, 2014

KIDS 2014 at the March for Life in D.C.

Next Wednesday, January 22, 2014, Keep Infants with Down Syndrome (KIDS) will again be meeting prior to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.  and walking together with our banner and signs in the march.

We will be meeting from 11:00-12:00 at the headquarters of the National Right to Life Committee at 512 10th Street, NW.   We'll have a chance to visit and have some refreshments, and they we'll head over to the mall to hear the speakers at the start of the march.

This event is open to all families who have a child with Down syndrome, individuals who have Down syndrome, or pro-lifers who just want to support the right to life of individuals with Down syndrome.  If you live in the area, feel free to join us for just the pre-march event, even if you don't plan on walking in the March for Life. We'd love to meet you!

Help us to raise awareness about the tragically high abortion rate of babies with Down syndrome, and proclaim the joy individuals with Down syndrome bring to our lives!

It would be helpful to contact Eileen or Leticia (e-mails to the right of this page) to let us know that you are coming.  But even if you make a last minute decision to join us, please come!  

Photo credit:  Ron Setran, Youth With A Mission

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Who wants a pre-born baby with Down syndrome?

The answer; almost one thousand people from around the world.

When I read the email, my pulse quickened. As the mother of an eleven-year-old girl with Down syndrome, I oftenhelp parents cope with the prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. This email was urgent,
“There is a couple in another state who have contacted an adoption agency looking for a family to adopt their Down syndrome unborn baby. If a couple has not been found by today they plan to abort the baby. If you are interested in adopting this baby please contact Fr. VW IMMEDIATELY. We are asking all to pray for this baby and the wisdom that this couple realize the importance of human life and do not abort this beautiful gift from God.”

 Read the inspiring true story here.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Please keep Leticia in your prayers

Please keep KIDS co-founder Leticia Velasquez in your prayers.  She has eye cancer (ocular melanoma, I believe it is called?), and is undergoing surgery today to remove the cancer behind her eye. 

Thank you!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Give your testimony about your child, you never know who is listening

Vickey Martinez Mev Shared this with me on Facebook today. I am about to undergo surgery for a uveal melanoma on my right eye and my Facebook friends are rallying around me in love and prayer. Eileen and I were interviewed by Colleen Carroll Campbell two years ago for her show "Faith & Culture" on EWTN. It is shown now and again on EWTN. 

Leticia be assured of my prayers for you. I am petitioning all of heaven for your healing. Last year around this time, it was me in the surgical unit having my gall bladder removed. While I was being prepped I had the nurse set the television to EWTN and I was so excited to see a familiar face- it was YOU giving an interview about Downs Syndrome! I listened and I thought about you, how you shared your testimony and how wonderful that the Lord gave you this beautiful gift, your little girl Christina! She is indeed precious! You brought me comfort and strength right before my surgery because I couldn't help but think what a strong spirit you must have, having accepted, met, and overcome the challenges this world has put before you! I stand by you my friend to show the world that a perfect life is not worldly, it is spiritual and you have attained treasures in love and joy! The world needs you, your family needs you, we, your facebook friends need you- to carry out the holy work God placed on your heart! Praying for your healing- Gods will be done! Love and hugs!!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Book Talk at the Gospel of Life Society at St Mary's in Norwalk, CT

Eileen Bianchini, Leticia Velasquez and Mary Rose Garych

I was honored to be invited by my friend Eileen Bianchini to address the Gospel of Life Society at St Mary's in Norwalk, CT on April 13 after a lovely Mass in in the Extraordinary Form. St Mary's is a beautiful traditional church which features Mass in both Novus Ordo and EF. The parish is a mix of European Americans and recent immigrants from Africa, Asia and Latin America, a truly Catholic group. Fr Markey, the pastor is a wonderful homilist and inspires his parish to make a difference in the world for Christ.
 The Gospel of Life Society meets once a month after Mass to read from Blessed John Paul II's encyclical "Evangelium Vitae" and to pray for a culture of life. Then, after prayers, they roll up their sleeves and get to work. Most months a speaker will address the group on current issues affecting the culture, and many times they will respond to urgent legislative issues in Hartford. An most recent example is when legislators in Hartford considered a bill on Physician Assisted Suicide, while the bill was still in committee. Eileen Bianchini sent out various emails instructing the group how to contact committee members with pertinent information of the dangers of PAS and many members of the group arrived in the Capitol to wait all day to testify to the committee. The hearings began and thanks to the GOLS the members had heard the rebuttals to the lies told by the pro-death side promoting PAS. Their arguments fell flat since the truth had preceded them and the committee had to admit they did not have the votes for the Physician Assisted Suicide Bill to pass and it died in the committee. Thanks be to God!
I gave Eileen Bianchini the nickname "Terror of Hartford" for her amazing work defeating a bill which has lead to a tragedy where it has been legalized, in the state of Oregon suicides have risen 41% since approving PAS. Surely physicians are called to heal not to kill.
My talk, to a capacity crowd which included my Facebook friend Mary Rose Garych and many lovely families blessed by children with Down syndrome was warmly received and a lively question and answer session followed. Then I had the chance to meet the families and sign some books. I hope to meet with them again soon and give more talks, to medical students, doctors and all those who are helping mothers whose child has received a prenatal or postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome to understand that their children are indeed blessings from God and opportunities to grow in holiness.