Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day with Ruby

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Introducing Ruby of ‘Rockin' It With Ruby’! Ruby comes from a happy, thriving, family of five from Simcoe County and is on a mission to educate the community and advocate for those with Down syndrome. Here is just a little piece of Ruby’s story for World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st, written by her mom, Ashley.

Mama, don't listen to them. Down syndrome simply doesn't live up to their definitions. It falls short of any diagnosis or stigma. It's not scary! It's so much better than that!

They told me that I wouldn't love Ruby like her brother or sister. Cruel, right? But as the weeks, months, years go by, I know EXACTLY what they really meant.

They told me that I would love her like no other. That I would advocate. Move mountains. Shed tears and radiate smiles. They told me that I would shout from the rooftops, celebrate EVERYTHING, love like mad. And they were right!

The love for Ruby, and for all with Down syndrome, is different. It is deep. Profound. There are sharp turns, highs and lows and insane depths. I am not without worry or heartache, just as any other mother would be but we celebrate every occasion. We take the time to appreciate. We are grounded. Rooted. Fierce. And why? Because Down syndrome makes us love so deeply. A love I never thought possible.

Those doctors were right. The love that I have for Ruby, is different. She is different. More amazing than anyone I have ever met.

To the new Mama, welcome! This will be the best adventure of your life (I promise). Don't be scared. Hold my hand and I'll show you how amazing this ride really is!

Guest Post by Ashley Cordua, Mom to Ruby (two years old) and the force behind

About Rockin’ It with Ruby:
The organization fundraises and sends every penny back to the Down syndrome communities and families in need through their Bursary Program. They work hard to ensure that the Down syndrome communities, and families, are supported financially. Join them on Facebook and Instagram and advocate along with us!

Don’t forget to rock your socks on March 21st! For more about World Down Syndrome Day, click here.