Last fall, Evan started kindergarten. It was a significant milestone. As we stood at the bus stop wtih the neighborhood children, we were nervous about his transition from preschool to elementary school. Would he refuse to get on the bus, would he make friends? Would he be nervous?

As the bus arrived, Evan proudly stepped up and never looked back. He was a champ, and he was ready.

So much of Evan's life was spent preparing for that moment, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Trisomy 21 Center has been by our side along the journey, supporting, encouraging, and celebrating.

CHOP has been our home base. They've helped us identify and address health concerns like apnea and reflux. They've connected us with other families touched by Down syndrome, and they've guided us in our approach to therapies to help Evan achieve his fullest potential.

The most important thing we experience with CHOP is that they celebrate Evan's successes like they're their successes too. Each time we interact with the CHOP Trisomy 21 Center, they are excited to learn about Evan's newest achievements, and they're excited about all he's learned.

Each year, Team Evan fundraises for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Trisomy 21 Center because we're grateful for th high quality care and for the caring individuals at the Center. They're leaders in the Down syndrome world, and the funds we raise will help them continue to lead, to execute research, and to continue to provide (and perhaps expand) care for the many families in the area touched by Down syndrome.

We've set an aggressive fundraising goal for Team Evan this year. We were hoping to raise $15,000 for the Trisomy 21 Center. It's one small way we can give back to the center that has given us so much.  Thanks to the love and support of many, we exceeded that initial goal and have raised the target to $17,000.  There is still time to donate and support the Down syndrome community.

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