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UPDATE:  How about those of you who see the movie write a short review in the Comments section of our article?
A touching new movie, Where Hope Grows, will open May 15th and stars a young actor with Down syndrome. For more information, see the lead article below.
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Something exciting is happening in Bluffdale, UT, June 8 – 12, and your family may want to be a part of it. Ride to New Heights is a locally-based, nonprofit program offered by United Angels Foundation that promotes inclusion for children with special needs by providing them with opportunities to learn to ride a 2-wheel bicycle.  Read all about it HERE.
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Where Hope Grows

Where Hope Grows

A new movie, Where Hope Grows, will open May 15th.  The plot:  A baseball player whose professional career was cut short due to his personal problems is suddenly awakened and invigorated by a young man with Down syndrome who works at … Continued

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Ride To New Heights

Something exciting is happening in Bluffdale, UT, June 8 – 12, and your family may want to be a part of it.  Ride to New Heights is a locally-based, nonprofit program offered by United Angels Foundation that promotes inclusion for … Continued

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Increased Coverage for 2015 Special Olympics

Major television networks ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 have announced that they will offer unprecedented coverage of the 2015 Summer Special Olympics in to be held in Los Angeles, CA, from July 25 to August 2.  “The Special Olympics World Games … Continued

Personal Essays

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What Kindness Breeds

Energy. It is the most precious commodity in my life. No matter how many chocolate doughnuts I eat, I just can’t seem to create any more of it. Consequently, I have to conserve and protect the energy I have, which doesn’t … Continued

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It’s Okay To Be A Lower Light

Sometimes (often?) we feel like we have to know it all, do it all, be it all.  Especially when you parent a medically fragile child, the feeling creeps in.  Do I really know enough?  Can I do it?  I have … Continued

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Noble Spirit

David’s body has grown bigger and stronger, but his mind is still behind, trapped inside the prison of autism. His ability to communicate is severely limited and his functioning is impaired by odd behaviors, emotional outbursts and limited understanding. Even … Continued

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He Knows Each of Us

Last year we had the summer of I Love Lucy. Just about every night during the kids’ summer break we would watch an episode or two of Lucy.  It was tremendously fun to see the kids enjoy a classic show … Continued

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Leaving Home

Let’s be clear … I’m not God.  Nor am I His spokesperson.  But I have studied His words for the majority of my life.  I’ve poured my heart out to Him.  I have listened to His still, small voice.  And, I … Continued

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Not Sorry

When my daughter Callie was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy a couple of years ago, we received an outpouring of support and love from our friends and family.  Everyone was trying to be so kind and considerate of our feelings.  However, one sentiment that … Continued

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The Sword or the Angel

Sally and I sat on the top stair in our home and cried as we tried to deal with the shock of what we had just learned. Elijah had not developed the same as other children; he was delayed.  He … Continued

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The Lion and the Lamb

Three years ago, our son Landen was born with a severe heart condition. We were shocked and devastated when doctors told us that he was not expected to live to his first birthday. Our little baby boy had a hard … Continued

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Warrior Mothers

Dictionary.com gives several meanings of the word “Warrior,” but I like this one the best: “a person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness,…” I am always in awe of  Warrior Mothers … women who spend their day … Continued

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Love Unfeigned

In a March 1998 Friend article, Elder W. Craig Zwick of the Seventy wrote touchingly about his own son that is intellectually disabled.  Then he shared a favorite scripture:  Third Nephi 26:14.  You’ll remember this moment during Christ’s visit to … Continued