#TeamKaden

Team Years: 3
https://www.ds-stride.org/dsnwvbuddywalk/profiles/team/TeamKaden

Welcome to our 2019 Down Syndrome Network of WV Buddy Walk® team fundraising page! We are walking to show our support for our child and more than 400,000 other individuals with Down syndrome in the U.S. Every dollar we raise brings us one step closer to ensuring that our child and every individual will have the opportunity to reach their potential.

Our fundraising efforts will support local programs and services, as well as National Down Syndrome Society advocacy and public awareness initiatives that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.

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

 

Photo credit: Sarah Dunlap Photography

Our Funds Raised: $1,765.00
My goal: $1,000.00 176%
Fundraising History
Mike and Cindy Collins $25.00
We love you Kaden! Go Team Kaden!
Amy Nash Private
Jason Elkins State Farm Agency $100.00
Isaacs Family $25.00
We love you, Kaden!
Henderson Insurance Inc $100.00
go team Kaden!!!! your friends from Henderson Insurance (Hannah, Jeff, Calvin, Lori and Lori)
Paula Burcham $20.00
T-shirt sale $325.00
Cards for a Cause $500.00
Kristy Stowers $15.00
Corbin Nash $15.00
Riley Richards $15.00
Ernay Adams $50.00
Kristy Stowers $50.00
Danielle Ellis $50.00
Debbie Wallin $15.00
Courtney Tuel $50.00
Kelly Richards $15.00
Alison Warner $50.00
Amy Nash $50.00
Leah Burton $50.00
Conrad Wallin $15.00
Jordan Nash $15.00
Mark Stowers $15.00
Doris Stowers $15.00
Shannon Fisher $50.00
Troy Henderson $50.00
Paula Burcham $15.00
Daniel Isaacs $15.00
Kevin Templeton $15.00
Goldie Bostic $15.00

Snot, snot and more snot 😭

#mustgetbetterforBuddyWalk

Snot, snot and more snot 😭 #mustgetbetterforBuddyWalk

#okbutfirsticecream #hi #everybodyloveskaden #dsdn

#okbutfirsticecream #hi #everybodyloveskaden #dsdn

Having a blast 🎉 #babygiggles #theluckyfew #dsdn #everybodyloveskaden

Having a blast 🎉 #babygiggles #theluckyfew #dsdn #everybodyloveskaden

Never mind my bad singing, but THIS will brighten your day 🤩 #dsdn #morealikethandifferent #everybodyloveskaden #theluckyfew

Never mind my bad singing, but THIS will brighten your day 🤩 #dsdn #morealikethandifferent #everybodyloveskaden #theluckyfew

#shescuteisntshemom #Casanova

#shescuteisntshemom #Casanova

Possibly the cutest thing you will see all day 😍🥰 🦖 
#everybodylovesKaden
#Kadenlovesdinosaurs
#dsdn

Possibly the cutest thing you will see all day 😍🥰 🦖 #everybodylovesKaden #Kadenlovesdinosaurs #dsdn

This 👦🏼 has my ♥️ #everybodylovesKaden

This 👦🏼 has my ♥️ #everybodylovesKaden

Prayers please!

Little fella managed to flip his stroller over while we were at the pool, onto concrete.

Playing it ultra cautions and heading to ER to get him checked out. 😫

Prayers please! Little fella managed to flip his stroller over while we were at the pool, onto concrete. Playing it ultra cautions and heading to ER to get him checked out. 😫

“Don’t mind me....I’m just walking modified independent.....” 😮🙌🏻👏🏻 I had an interaction with someone the other day about Kaden that wasn’t really pleasant. It made me momentarily question my bubble.

However, I know EVERYONE watching this video is cheering along with us for every achievement and every milestone! 💙💛 #weloveourtribe
#everyoneimportantlovesKaden

“Don’t mind me....I’m just walking modified independent.....” 😮🙌🏻👏🏻 I had an interaction with someone the other day about Kaden that wasn’t really pleasant. It made me momentarily question my bubble. However, I know EVERYONE watching this video is cheering along with us for every achievement and every milestone! 💙💛 #weloveourtribe #everyoneimportantlovesKaden

I am not disabled, I AM enabled

I am not “slow”, I am my own speed 
I am not delayed, I am right on time

I am not less, I am so much more

I am not behind, I am in front 
I am not “sick”, I am human 
I do not have a disease, I have an extra chromosome 
I do not need different privileges, I need the same ones

I am not “special”, and yet I AM!

I am not Down Syndrome, I am Kaden

#morealikethandifferent
#iamKaden

I am not disabled, I AM enabled I am not “slow”, I am my own speed I am not delayed, I am right on time I am not less, I am so much more I am not behind, I am in front I am not “sick”, I am human I do not have a disease, I have an extra chromosome I do not need different privileges, I need the same ones I am not “special”, and yet I AM! I am not Down Syndrome, I am Kaden #morealikethandifferent #iamKaden

I had hoped he would walk by age two. I had dreams of him speaking short sentences by that age as well.  Well, he will at least be four point crawling by then I thought.

As a special needs parent you are constantly fighting the battle of attainable goals, lofty dreams and reality. 
We didn’t hit any of the goals above. For some that sounds discouraging. For me, that eternal optimist, I choose to focus on the positive.  He totally rocks his gait trainer, and is making strides toward being an independent walker every day.  No, he is not four point crawling yet, but let me tell you he can army crawl like nobody’s business.  We aren’t speaking in short sentences, but he’s using over 25 signs consistently!

It’s all about perspective. Kaden works tenfold for all of his milestones, but that makes the victories and achievements all the more sweeter.

I won’t say that there aren’t hard days, because there are.  When you scroll your social media news feed and see children much younger than your own hitting milestone after milestone, it’s a punch in the gut.  When you see children with Down Syndrome achieving things your child hasn’t, it’s hard as well.  You have to pull yourself above that mindset, set your eyes on the prize, and focus on your individual journey.

Kaden inspires people, he makes people smile; and I believe whole heartedly, he is going to CHANGE the world!! Videos like this make me so proud of him!! 💙💛 #everybodylovesKaden #dsdn

I had hoped he would walk by age two. I had dreams of him speaking short sentences by that age as well. Well, he will at least be four point crawling by then I thought. As a special needs parent you are constantly fighting the battle of attainable goals, lofty dreams and reality. We didn’t hit any of the goals above. For some that sounds discouraging. For me, that eternal optimist, I choose to focus on the positive. He totally rocks his gait trainer, and is making strides toward being an independent walker every day. No, he is not four point crawling yet, but let me tell you he can army crawl like nobody’s business. We aren’t speaking in short sentences, but he’s using over 25 signs consistently! It’s all about perspective. Kaden works tenfold for all of his milestones, but that makes the victories and achievements all the more sweeter. I won’t say that there aren’t hard days, because there are. When you scroll your social media news feed and see children much younger than your own hitting milestone after milestone, it’s a punch in the gut. When you see children with Down Syndrome achieving things your child hasn’t, it’s hard as well. You have to pull yourself above that mindset, set your eyes on the prize, and focus on your individual journey. Kaden inspires people, he makes people smile; and I believe whole heartedly, he is going to CHANGE the world!! Videos like this make me so proud of him!! 💙💛 #everybodylovesKaden #dsdn

#BuddyWalk time!!
#joinourteam #TeamKaden

https://www.ds-stride.org/dsnwvbuddywalk/profiles/team/178

#BuddyWalk time!! #joinourteam #TeamKaden https://www.ds-stride.org/dsnwvbuddywalk/profiles/team/178

And I shall call myself “bubba”

And I shall call myself “bubba”

Trying another method in addition to signing and oral language to stimulate, augment, facilitate and promote all communication!! (Wow, you would think a speech pathologist wrote that 😉)
#theluckyfew #morealikethandifferent #everybodylovesKaden #dsdn

Trying another method in addition to signing and oral language to stimulate, augment, facilitate and promote all communication!! (Wow, you would think a speech pathologist wrote that 😉) #theluckyfew #morealikethandifferent #everybodylovesKaden #dsdn

Signing a short sentence!! #wantmorewaffle
#theresnowaffleemoji
#yeswehadwafflesfordinner
#dontjudge 😋

Signing a short sentence!! #wantmorewaffle #theresnowaffleemoji #yeswehadwafflesfordinner #dontjudge 😋

I’m an eternal optimist, sometimes it’s a curse

I’m overly dramatic, I was basically born that way

I overshare, I wear my emotions on my sleeve

So I’m sure there are those that read my sappy feel good posts and roll their eyes. It’s okay, I’m a big girl, I can handle that.

However, if my post speaks to one person, if it brings a smile to one troubled human, if it lightens the spirit of one tired soul, if it rings clear with another exhausted mama, if it brings light to one dark corner, then it’s worth it, 100% worth it.

So I will continue to bear my soul, celebrate our wins, cry through our troubles, and fight to overcome whatever is thrown our way.

Down Syndrome may have rocked our world, but it didn’t steal our sunshine. ☀️ #theluckyfew
#everybodyloveskaden
#downrightperfect
#nothingdownaboutit
#TeamKaden

I’m an eternal optimist, sometimes it’s a curse I’m overly dramatic, I was basically born that way I overshare, I wear my emotions on my sleeve So I’m sure there are those that read my sappy feel good posts and roll their eyes. It’s okay, I’m a big girl, I can handle that. However, if my post speaks to one person, if it brings a smile to one troubled human, if it lightens the spirit of one tired soul, if it rings clear with another exhausted mama, if it brings light to one dark corner, then it’s worth it, 100% worth it. So I will continue to bear my soul, celebrate our wins, cry through our troubles, and fight to overcome whatever is thrown our way. Down Syndrome may have rocked our world, but it didn’t steal our sunshine. ☀️ #theluckyfew #everybodyloveskaden #downrightperfect #nothingdownaboutit #TeamKaden

#doyoucareforaspotoftea

#doyoucareforaspotoftea

Getting stronger everyday 💪🏻 #dsdn #morealikethandifferent #theluckyfew #everybodyloveskaden

Getting stronger everyday 💪🏻 #dsdn #morealikethandifferent #theluckyfew #everybodyloveskaden

Happy 4th!! 🎇🇺🇸💥🧨

Happy 4th!! 🎇🇺🇸💥🧨

@sarahdunlapphotography Thank you for capturing these moments with our precious boy 
#everybodyloveskaden

@sarahdunlapphotography Thank you for capturing these moments with our precious boy #everybodyloveskaden