MANDAN, ND (KFYR/Gray News) — March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day.
Each year, a North Dakota family finds a new way to celebrate. Their goal is to raise awareness and earn some money for Designer Genes, a group that provides support for families and people with Down syndrome, according to KFYR.
This year they are using bath bombs to spread their message.
Brody Kerin has been hard at work packaging these bath bombs and making them ready for sale. The 10-year-old boy made them with his mother, Jen Klein.
Now they hope these bath bombs will help raise money for Designer Genes, a local group that provides support for families and people with Down syndrome. They also hope their bath bombs could help raise awareness of Down syndrome, something Klein knew nothing about when Brody was born 10 years ago.
“When Brody was born, I was naive. I didn’t know anything about Down syndrome,” Klein admitted.
She quickly learned the challenges and rewards that come with raising a child with an extra chromosome.
“Every day he makes me smile,” Klein said. “Brody taught me so much, how to be a better mother, how to be a better parent. I think he sensitized our whole family. Everyone looks at people with disabilities differently now because of Brody. And I mean, he teaches us so much more every day than we learn from him.
Lessons she hopes her son will continue to teach others.
“From the outside he may look different, but on the inside he can do whatever he wants whenever he wants,” she said.
Right now, his mind is set on getting these bath bombs ready to sell, and he’s ready to show the world what he’s capable of, one bath bomb at a time.
Brody bath bombs are available in multiple scents and sizes; their price ranges from $1 to $2. You can learn more about Brody’s Bath Bombs and place an order on his Facebook page, Brody’s Buddies Bath Bombs.
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