By Aaron Byrne, GRCM Facilitator
In May, the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan (DSAWM) partnered with us to bring a night of fun for DSAWM members and their families! I worked this event and was lucky enough to be able to play with my cousin, Gavin. Sometimes I forget that my job is–well, a job!
For those who do not know, Down syndrome is a health condition that is caused by the abnormal way in which chromosome 21 is copied (Mayoclinic). The extra copy of chromosome 21 results in people with Down syndrome having abnormalities both physical and mental. If you would like to know more, click on the link below.
All in all, the night was a giant success. And I am sure that I am not the only one who thought so. My aunt mentioned that this was the happiest she had seen Gavin in a while. This didn’t surprise me because it was the happiest I had been in awhile too. Gavin and me had a lot of fun. At times, I could hardly keep up with Gavin. One moment Gavin would be tackling me in the fort exhibit (remember, kids, no rough housing in the museum) and the next thing I knew he was all the way at the opposite end of the second floor. Also, Gavin showed me something I never knew before about GRCM; that the elevator is an exhibit in of itself. We easily went on the elevator over 20 times. My favorite part of the night was when Gavin held Ashley (a GRCM facilitator) captive on the elevator. Ashley is too nice and fun for her own good; hence, why Gavin did not want her to exit the elevator. I can still recall Ashley laughing while saying, “Gavin, I have to get off the elevator because my break is over.” I am glad this event took place, and I hope it happens again next year. Thank you DSAWM and volunteers for help making this event happen.