In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the DSAGSL is recognizing individuals or groups who have gone above and beyond for an individual with Down syndrome and/or the Down syndrome community.
My 14 year old daughter, Abby Ryan, has a friend Ali Gold, who has been an awesome friend to Abby! We met Ali at the 2014 Missouri Miss Amazing Pageant. Ali was Abby’s buddy for the pageant. We have stayed in touch with Ali since we met her at the 2014 pageant. Ali has also been Abby’s buddy in the Butterfly Dreams Pageant, and again at the 2016 Missouri Miss Amazing Pageant. Abby has enjoyed getting to know Ali and her friendship means so much to her! They have made some amazing memories together. Abby treasures her friendship, and the time that Ali has spent with Abby really means a lot to Abby and us! Ali is an amazing young lady to get to know. We are so thankful for the time that Ali has spent with Abby! Ali also started a Sparkle Effect Cheer team at her high school, Ladue High. Sparkle Effect Cheer is a team of girls of all abilities. Ali is a true friend to Abby! It has been a blessing to know her.
-Karen Ryan, parent to Abby