Down Syndrome Support Walk Hits Close to Home for Two Moms

By: Kim Eiten Email
By: Kim Eiten Email

Hundreds turned out in Kearney Sunday, hitting the streets to raise support for Down syndrome awareness.

It is a cause that touches close to home for two central Nebraska moms.

Both are mothers of children with Down syndrome, but there were no signs of their kids at the Down syndrome support walk.

It is because months after beginning the adoption process, those kids are still in Russia.

"Its been heartbreaking sometimes, frustrating." Michelle Mosley said. "It's just like hurry up and wait."

For Mosley, the wait is for a yound boy with Down syndrome, named Artem.

"If he's not out of there, he will be transferred to an adult mental facility by age six and he is a child.," she said.

It is the same situation for Beth Cole's kids.

They are two 5-year-old girls. Both have Down syndrome. Both are still overseas.

Cole gets to bring her girls home in just a few weeks.

"It's overwhelming, but at the same time its a relief," she said. "We're ready to get past this chapter and get the girls home."

It is a process that Sunday's event coordinator said isn't cheap. That's one of the reasons behind the walk.

"Just to raise support and awareness and to raise funds for these two families," Down Syndrome Support Group Coordinator Kiffany Conner said. "It's a very expensive process."

It is one that Mosley is looking forward to finishing.

"In the end its going to be worth it, saving Artem," she said.


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