Rachel is 21 years old. She has lots of interests. Some of her favorites are participating in Live Art through SPARC which she has been involved with for the last 5 years. She also runs for ""Champions Together"" a Special Olympics track team. Rachel loves to #dance and has enjoyed ""A Night to Shine"" and any dance she can attend. Rachel has a #boyfriend . She has maintained this relationship for over a year. This has added excitement to her life. She looks forward to being with him and his family who live about an hour away. They make plans for the future and talk ""mushy-gushy." They enjoy carnival rides, dancing and attending #social events usually sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association in our city.
Rachel has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, #Autism and #Visual#Impairment and #anxiety . Lori wants new parents to know "I wish I could have looked into the future and understood the importance of a sibling. Rachel has a half-brother that doesn't live with us. She sees him a couple times a month. He is 14 years younger. So for the most part Rachel is an only child. I worry about her future. I wish that she could have the memories growing up that siblings share and then have someone to look out for her after I am no longer around. "Rachel is amazing because she has dreams. She talks about wanting to go to #college , #traveling to exotic places and #marriage . She keeps an "updated bucket list." Rachel is resilient. She tries hard to achieve her goals. She is #compassionate and always wants to help others. Rachel learned a song when she was little that she still quotes today. It goes "Life's not a race that needs winning, you do the best you can with the tools you're given. You can't change the end or fix the beginning. You do the best you can with the tools you're given." Rachel, it is clear you are resilient and strong. We are so excited for your future life plans and the direction you are headed in.
Rachel is #JustLikeYou
Project: Just Like You is proud to share Rachel's story! Rachel is affiliated with SPARC - School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community.