Lauren, one of LiveUp San Diego’s directors, shares her story:
This is my first year being a part of the amazing LiveUp family and we have been busy working on the LiveUp program in San Diego to kick off it’s inaugural year! I am blessed to be a part of something so special and I am excited about the experience that this weekend will bring! Although it is my first year with LiveUp, I am not new to the Down Syndrome community. As a sibling of an amazing sister, Ashley Brooke Dunnevant is my inspiration to get more involved in the community. Ashley was always an inspiration to me even though she didn’t walk until she was 10 and sometimes I was the only one who could understand her when she spoke. Ashley taught me a lot about love and life. She taught me to never give up even if you want to, she taught me that it doesn’t matter what other people think of you – just be happy with yourself, and she taught me that you can never give enough hugs or laugh too much. It was because of Ashley that LiveUp San Diego turned from an idea into reality! I really enjoyed meeting new people at Live Up San Diego and can’t wait to share more experiences in the years to come!