ValentinaGrey

Team Years: 2

Welcome to our 2018 Together is Better Walkathon team fundraising page! We are walking for our second time to show our support for Club 21 and individuals with Down syndrome.  A year and a half ago my wife Yvette and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl Valentina Grey Prisco who was born diagnosed with Down syndrome.  At first this was difficult for Yvette and I to grasp with but in this short time we have embraced our blessing and wouldn't have it any other way.  She has since filled each and every day with endless happiness and incredible amount of pride. 

Over this past year and a half, this incredible organization has done so much for us.  From the first time Yvette and I brought Valentina to Club21 we felt welcomed with a warm understanding.  The benefit of being a part of such an amazing organization (family) is the access to experiences and specialized programs for children AND parents.  Some examples include First Steps, "It Takes Two to Talk" communication class, and a children's Advocate Class.  We look forward to some of the classes coming up for Valentina like the Saturday classes to help with developmental social skills.  These are just a few of the several opportunities Club21 provides.

The First Steps program has provided us with a wealth of knowledge in advance, like a cheat sheet, so we can help our little Warrior Princess strive in her journey.  AND SHE HAS.  While attending the First Steps program, Club21 hosts both physical and occupational therapists monthly.  In addition, they offer specialized one-on-one speech therapy sessions.  Therapy is one of the most important factors we as parents can provide Valentina.  The ability to talk with another set of therapists, using them as a sounding board to gauge Valentina's developmental progress is invaluable.  This builds our confidence and validates all of our efforts.  This confidence is needed to fuel Yvette and I through the tough times watching Valentina cry during therapy.  It's extremely tough but knowing it will ultimately help her exponentially in the long run.  The First Steps program has provided the ability for our Valen to meet children going through a similar journey and form lifelong friends.  This is priceless.  And for us as parents to share our struggles and triumphs with other parents is refreshing.

The Communication Skills class was an 8 week program that focused on improving the communication skills between parent and child.  This class was offered at a third of its normal price which also allowed Yvette to submit to the regional center for reimbursement.  This means free class, yeah! They taught us to Observe, Wait, and Listen (OWL technique) in order to identify Valentina's communication style or the mix of styles.  This allows us to adapt our communication style in order to stimulate positive communication between the Prisco's.  This is incredibly important as children born with Down syndrome suffer from low muscle tone and struggle in the development of mouth, jaw, and tongue muscles.  This can make communication difficult and frustrating for children leading to negative communication.  These verbal and non verbal communication skills allow us to have an "Ace up our sleeve" while we push Valentina's speech therapy in parallel. 

The advocate class that we are attending provides crucial insight on how to approach fighting for Valentina’s development through the school districts and other obstacles she may face.  Many parents of children with special needs find themselves in constant battle with school districts in order to receive the education/support they envision for your child.  This depends on the Individual Education Plan (IEP) that you must develop with your school district.  This is important to fight those stereotypes in order to provide our princess warrior Valentina with the best education she can get.  It is important to educate and advocate through our journey as it hopefully will also help others during their journey.  I know personally we will strive to help Valentina graduate from High School and beyond to achieve anything her heart desires.  This what my parents instilled in me and I intend to do nothing less but do the same for our Princess Warrior Valentina Grey.

Please join us on this journey and support a great organization that has done so much for us.  Every dollar we raise brings us one step closer to ensuring that Club 21 will continue to support, educate, advocate and celebrate the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Our fundraising efforts will support Club 21 and their mission to provide educational tools and resources that enable individuals with Down syndrome to be fully included. 

Make your tax-deductible donation today and take the first step toward helping us achieve our goal. Thank you for your support!

The Prisco's

Our Funds Raised: $5,510.00
My goal: $5,000.00 110%
Fundraising History
Guadalupe Rodriguez $100.00
Happy to support my niece
FRANK AND MARIA DOMINGUEZ $20.00
Ron and Benny Campos Private
Britany Ashcraft $50.00
Kevin Chung $50.00
The Guarino family ?? $50.00
Love your Lovebug. She makes us smile. Have a fun walk and keep up the good work. You are wonderful parents. Susan xxoo
Valerie Bay $20.00
God Bless you all!
Ursich Family $100.00
Yanira Rodriguez $20.00
The Reeds $50.00
These type of programs have been essential to the success of our child Katelyn, so we're in complete support
Uncle Nick $125.00
Mission Complete! Congratulations on achieving your goal Valentina...just one of many things you will accomplish in your life! Love, Uncle Nick
Uncle Jack and Aunt Deb Williams $25.00
Love u guys and our beautiful neice
Anonymous Private
Monica and Shawn Angel $100.00
We love you sweet Valentina!!!
Beautiful Valentina Private
We Love you Beautiful Valentina
Tootikian Family $150.00
Melicent $25.00
Debbie Hoppock $50.00
I always smile when I see Valentina’s happy pictures... she’s a beautiful soul!!! Sending love and hugs to all three of you!!!
Anne Fryer $20.00
Love you Valentina
Gerard Williams $50.00
Love you!!
Shirley M. Private
????
Raquel Pompa $30.00
Gilda Booth Private
Go Valentina! Love Nanny
U Scott & A Jeanne Private
We love you sweet Valentina ????
Nick and Melissa Schneider $50.00
Jasmine Peredia $25.00
Nicole Burwell-Peña $50.00
Neli Montalvo $100.00
Joana Burke $25.00
Joseph Bonaduce $25.00
Khalid Muhammad Private
Mirtha Wincell $50.00
The Lawford Family $50.00
Sweet Valentina, we sure do love her ??
Anonymous Private
Dom & Sherri Prisco $100.00
Love you guys and wish we could be there for the walk!
Martelli Family $50.00
James & Susan Lyons $50.00
Dennis and Linda Saverd $50.00
Go Team ValentinaGrey??
Johnny & Deborah $100.00
Coach Jerod $20.00
Darlene $50.00
Love you Valentina!!!! xoxoxo
Mary Ann and Charley $50.00
Wonderful cause for the most beautiful children.
Richard Gilbert $500.00
Teresa Cruz $25.00
Annie Williams and Mike Coolbaugh $25.00
Love you guys! ??
The Scrimger family $50.00
Go Team Valentina! We love you!
Sammy Prisco $50.00
Love you guys!
Kerin $100.00
??
The La Motta Family $50.00
For sweet Valentina!
Jennifer Giordano $50.00
Such a sweet pea!??
Jacqueline Bonney $25.00
Maria Frieri White $50.00
Carol Cox $100.00
Go team Valentina! Love seeing the cute pictures of sweet Valentina.
Maria & Craig Donachie $50.00
Go Team Valentina!
ruth rodriguez $25.00
Jason and Andrea Levine Private
Xo
Gruenberg Family $50.00
Beautiful Valentina... Good luck to your team!! xo
Julien Pianet Private
Pino and Robyn Salonna $200.00
Love all you guys XOXO
Cheryl and John Private
Xoxoxoxo????
Mandel Family $500.00
Good luck. Love you guys!
Joey Faso $100.00
Jackie Golosky & Emily Regan $25.00
Go Team Valentina! You are a beautiful bundle of joy and a true blessing! With love, Jack & Emily
CP + Erin $150.00
Wish we could be there for the walk!
Jaunee Hester $20.00
Lauren Doran $25.00
Roger $50.00
Great cause for beautiful children
Melissa Martins Ciaffaglione $20.00
Nancy (Oliver) Potter $20.00
Hi Gregg, I have been retired from B/E (Rockwell) for over a year now, miss seeing you and hearing your stories, but enjoy seeing your posts, and how Valentina is growing! BLESSINGS to you ALL!!
Joe Bielski $100.00
Jessica Wallace $15.00
Love seeing pictures of your sweet girl growing!
Andrew Private
Gregg, Christina & Nicholas Prisco $500.00
Valentina, we love you so much...you make us so proud every single day! Love, Papa, Gramma & Uncke Nick
Gregg Prisco $100.00
Raquel Pompa $15.00
Jose Peredia Jr $15.00
Jaunee Hester $15.00
Christopher Pena $15.00
Jose Peredia $15.00
Devin Dixon $15.00
Gregg Prisco $15.00
Yvette Pompa $15.00
Jasmine Peredia $15.00
ruth rodriguez $15.00
Nicole Burwell-Peña $15.00

I love watching her pretend play. She's so caring and gentle with her doll. 😍😍😍
#mommyworld #momlife #pretendplay #dolls #raisinggirls #lifewithDS #valentinagrey #t21 #downsyndromeawareness

I love watching her pretend play. She's so caring and gentle with her doll. 😍😍😍 #mommyworld #momlife #pretendplay #dolls #raisinggirls #lifewithDS #valentinagrey #t21 #downsyndromeawareness

Primpin ain't easy. 🤣🤣🤣
#bighairgoals #momlife #raisinggirls 
#lifewithDS #downrightperfect

Primpin ain't easy. 🤣🤣🤣 #bighairgoals #momlife #raisinggirls #lifewithDS #downrightperfect

Just because....
#sheisloved #valentinagrey #therapyday #lifewithDS #bangs

Just because.... #sheisloved #valentinagrey #therapyday #lifewithDS #bangs

Morning stroll.....

Morning stroll.....

Watching uncle Nick's soccer game. 
#thesetwo #uncleandniece #soccergame #lifewithDS #sunnydays #t21

Watching uncle Nick's soccer game. #thesetwo #uncleandniece #soccergame #lifewithDS #sunnydays #t21

Stacking wood blocks #finemotorskills #milestones #playandlearn #toddlerslife #lifewithDS #downrightperfect #downsyndrome

Stacking wood blocks #finemotorskills #milestones #playandlearn #toddlerslife #lifewithDS #downrightperfect #downsyndrome

Swinging at the park with my #1girl.
#momlife #nofilter #lifewithDS

Swinging at the park with my #1girl. #momlife #nofilter #lifewithDS

A day at the park with my #1 girl!
#momlife #mommyworld #raisinggirls #lifewithDS

A day at the park with my #1 girl! #momlife #mommyworld #raisinggirls #lifewithDS

Too cute not to post. Valentina's first bag from Hong Kong.  #daddysgirl #momlife #lovehertopieces

Too cute not to post. Valentina's first bag from Hong Kong. #daddysgirl #momlife #lovehertopieces

But why Grandma.... 😍😂💙💛
#grandmaslove #mylife #happiness #lifewithDS #t21rocks

But why Grandma.... 😍😂💙💛 #grandmaslove #mylife #happiness #lifewithDS #t21rocks

What are you watching Valentina? 
#valentinagrey #goinghome #momlife #lifewithDS #t21

What are you watching Valentina? #valentinagrey #goinghome #momlife #lifewithDS #t21

Messy hair don't care.... #eightiesoutfit #lifewithDS

Messy hair don't care.... #eightiesoutfit #lifewithDS

Sweet moments with her Nino Christopher 😍😍😍 #thegodfather #familylife #downrightperfect

Sweet moments with her Nino Christopher 😍😍😍 #thegodfather #familylife #downrightperfect

Celebrating Nannys birthday weekend. Moments like this become tomorrow's precious moments. #sheisloved #familylife

Celebrating Nannys birthday weekend. Moments like this become tomorrow's precious moments. #sheisloved #familylife

Nice visit with great Grama William's, Oma Marie, and Grama Mimi. She is loving all the attention and love today. #sheisloved #gramalove #theluckyfew

Nice visit with great Grama William's, Oma Marie, and Grama Mimi. She is loving all the attention and love today. #sheisloved #gramalove #theluckyfew

Can't leave her alone for one second. She's going all over the place and is super excited! 
#momlife #milestones #16months #letthembelittle  #t21 #lifewithDS #downrightperfect

Can't leave her alone for one second. She's going all over the place and is super excited! #momlife #milestones #16months #letthembelittle #t21 #lifewithDS #downrightperfect

Aunt Sherri tell me a story and play with me 😍 🎀
#lovedbymyauntie #pigtails #t21  #lifewithDS

Aunt Sherri tell me a story and play with me 😍 🎀 #lovedbymyauntie #pigtails #t21 #lifewithDS

Happiness is cuddling and watching tv with uncle Nick. 
#meandmyuncle #thesetwo #lifewithDS

Happiness is cuddling and watching tv with uncle Nick. #meandmyuncle #thesetwo #lifewithDS

Copying her uncle Dom. #funcle Everyone needs ones. #instagraming #funcle #momlife #prettyinpink #t21 #downrightperfect  #lifewithDS

Copying her uncle Dom. #funcle Everyone needs ones. #instagraming #funcle #momlife #prettyinpink #t21 #downrightperfect #lifewithDS

Doc visits are always fun until its time for her shots. The struggle is real 😂😂😂 #momlife #lifewithDS #downrightperfect #theluckyfew

Doc visits are always fun until its time for her shots. The struggle is real 😂😂😂 #momlife #lifewithDS #downrightperfect #theluckyfew