“Keeping Bullies at Bay”
With her book, SHOUT!, a local mom honors her daughter’s memory by inspiring programs to help children with disabilities.
By Luc Hatlestad
“However bad bullying might be for most kids, it’s considerably worse for children with disabilities, who are often simply ignored or overlooked by their peers—a particularly hurtful brand of neglect.
“Sammy Loewi experienced this firsthand. Born with muscular dystrophy, she lived her entire, brief life in a wheelchair. In high school, Sammy felt so invisible to her peers that her teachers became the closest thing she had to friends. The isolation was especially hard to take because Sammy—who insisted on speaking up and speaking out for anyone she felt was being treated unfairly—had previously found tremendous support from her elementary school classmates and teachers at Denver’s Graland Country Day School.”
SHOUT has a starring role with
The book SHOUT was featured at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation gala October 24th in the Colorado Convention Center.
600 copies of the book were gifted to 1,500 attendees at the black tie event featuring people with Down syndrome, and hosted by super star Jamie Foxx. The annual event is the largest fundraiser for Down syndrome in the nation attracting more than 1,200 guests each year.
The over $9.5 million raised supports the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and supports research, medical care, advocacy and education. Equally important, it has raised major awareness regarding the shocking disparity of funding for people with Down syndrome, while successfully emphasizing their abilities.