Hannah Halfen Angels

Team Years: 11
https://www.ds-stride.org/houstonbuddywalk/profiles/team/HannahHalfenAngels

Meet Hannah. She is our pride and joy. That's not to say that we don't love the rest of our family, but she's ... special. That might sound like the commonly used term we all use these days, but there is nothing common about her, and “special" really seems to fit.

We had no idea prior to her birth that Hannah had Down syndrome (DS). In fact, we weren't even sure for the first few weeks after she was born. Hannah was born in Dubai, where we were living at the time. The day after she was born, the doctor told us that he suspected, but was not certain, that she had DS. He explained that she showed some of the physical traits, but not all. For example, typical people have two creases running across the palm of their hands, while there is usually only one crease in DS. Hannah has two creases. (Go ahead, look at your hand. You know you want to).

It was hard to tell for sure. So to confirm the doctor's suspicion, a blood sample had to be sent to London for chromosomal analysis. The results weren't known to us for almost three weeks. Needless to say, those were the longest three weeks of our lives.

We immediately started researching everything we could about DS. While some of the material was useful in providing factual information, it didn't take us long to realize that our daughter was indeed special, and that no pre-printed material was going to prepare us for the journey on which we were about to embark. Fortunately for us, that journey has been amazing, and our guide, a blessing.

Through the years, we came to know just how special Hannah is. It takes a special person to open the eyes and warm the hearts of others around her. It takes a special person to cause others to care more, not only about her, but about everyone affected by someone with special needs.

Today, Hannah is 13 years old and still blossoming, still surprising us, still being special. She is proud to be a teenager, and constantly reminds us; not only by telling us, but also in becoming more independent. She has just completed her first year of junior high, and is still mainstreamed in the classroom to a large extent. Her favorite class is Theater. She will be starting her eighth year as a Girl Scout, now a Cadet. She enjoys volunteering, and is a proud member of the National Charity League. Between school and Girl Scouts, she has more BFF's than anyone I know.

Thank you for visiting our 2018 Houston 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!

Our Funds Raised: $10,505.10
My goal: $14,000.00 75%
Fundraising History
Sarah & Paul Jones $50.00
Jon Gibbs $32.10
3-2-1 Challenge!
PRECHEC,, INC. $2,500.00
The Sardina Family $250.00
Andresa Orendain $20.00
Love you, Hannah!
Bruce Crager $50.00
A great cause and a great girl !
Jon Gibbs $20.00
Crowdfunding works!
muhunthan balakrishnan $50.00
MasTec, Inc. $5,000.00
We are honored to be part of Hannah's Angels again this year !!!
Joaquim Portela Private
Todd Vogt $50.00
John & Barbara Albanese $100.00
Leon Private
go Hannah!
Knowles Family $50.00
Martin and Sue Meredith $1,000.00
Reid Weber $100.00
Roxana Balderrama $50.00
Jeanette Jenkins $100.00
Oliver Chen $25.00
Ana Alva $50.00
You’re a great girl Hanna :)
Liz Cowles $75.00
Ollie I. Miller Private
Stacy and Casey Stewart $200.00
Denise Marshall $100.00
Go Hannah Halfen - you are the angel!!
Hector Gonzalez $50.00
McAuliffe family $100.00
Jeni Cutbirth $100.00
Happy to support you guys another year. Have a great time at the walk!
Grossimon Family $50.00
Perry Terrebonne $20.00
Rennard Lee $50.00
LIsa Halfen $25.00

Buddy Walk 2013

Buddy Walk 2013

Buddy Walk 2012

Buddy Walk 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buddy Walk 2016

Buddy Walk 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houston Buddy Walk 2017

Houston Buddy Walk 2017