Tag Archives | down syndrome

Moms Doing More in the 904: Karen McConeghy Prewitt, Disability Advocate

Karen McConeghy Prewitt, a 30-year resident of Jacksonville originally from Chicago, was in the process of sending her 18-year-old daughter, Courtney, to college when she discovered that she and her husband were expecting. The pregnancy alone was shocking enough, but finding out their son, Caleb, had both Down syndrome and heart defects was even more so. […]


Every Mile Brings a Smile: The Wolfson 55

The Wolfson Children’s Challenge celebrates our patients’ lives while benefitting the region’s only children’s hospital. Did you know that no child is ever turned away because of an inability to pay? That’s why Wolfson Children’s Hospital needs your help to ensure every child continues to receive the world-class care they need and deserve. You can […]


#WDSD17: Myths and Truths About Down Syndrome

I’m a mom in her thirties, and in the time I’ve been alive, incredible advancements have been made for people with Down syndrome. When I was born, in the 1980s, people with Down syndrome had a life expectancy of around 28 years old. When I was going to school, I never once encountered a single […]


Santa’s Special Kids Presents Christmas in July

Our Event is to support the SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN in Jacksonville and surrounding area.

We need sponsors and vendors.  Please e-mail [email protected] if interested in either opportunity.

We are partnering up with Carrabba’s Restaruant to bring the kids a fun day that can be enjoyed by Adults as well. There will be Bounce Houses, a dunk tank to dunk Elves, and Reindeer Games where the children can earn a “Reindeer Handler” Certificate…

Also Santa will arrive at noon and pictures can be taken as your child visits with Santa. There will be a Raffle where such prizes as 1) A home visit from Santa(Value $150), 2) A 7 Night on the town dinner for two (Value $450) and other prizes as well.  Anyone who donates $20 or more will receive a free T-shirt.

Carrabba’s will be cooking Chicken out on the grill,  Children to register for a ticket will receive a FREE popcorn.

There will be balloon making, face painting and many more things going on. We want to show the children of the community a great time.

There will be Parking in the rear of Carrabba’s and also across the street in the Point Meadows/Wynn Dixie Parking lot. There will be signs and volunteers to assist.

Dress code is “HAVE FUN”!

Please support these children by coming to our event.
Also Share this email with you friends so they may join in the fun.
If you cannot make it, consider Donating to the cause at our website www.santasspecialkids.com

All donations are tax deductible. We are a registered 501(C)(3) with the federal government. *Parents keep in mind that if you bring your children they cannot be left unattended at any time.




Why You Should Stop Using the R-Word

So why should you stop using the R-word? I could make this post short by telling you that I guarantee every time you use the word retarded in a derogatory manner, at least one person who hears you cringes and thinks you’re an insensitive nitwit for continuing to keep it as part of your vocabulary. […]


Being Prenatally Prepared With Harmony

Prenatal testing is a sensitive topic for many expectant parents. Some have the viewpoint that if they choose to continue with the pregnancy regardless of what a genetic test might show then why do it? Genetic testing can provide parents with information to help them become better prepared if in fact their child is at […]