This month we were delighted to welcome Holly Simon, author of I AM WHO I AM and advocate for children with disabilities.
Simon's son, Nate, was born with Down Syndrome in 2003. The doctors and nurses didn't celebrate Holly's new baby, yet apologized for his condition. Holly knew she must fight for the rights of children with disabilities, and started the "I Am Who I Am Foundation." The organization works to change the way the world views special needs children by celebrating their unique gifts from the moment they are born. The non-profit welcomes special newborns with "heartfelt congratulations, the soft embrace of a baby blanket, and the assurance that we are here when they need us," says Holly.
Holly brought her message right here to Media. Local Home+Gifts hosted Holly and the Values Into Action team during a book signing.
"We adore Holly! Her message is important, motivational, inspirational, and downright spectacular, just like her. Holly is a live-out-loud kinda woman and she brought her passion for disABILITY advocacy and her amazing son (rather well-known nationally as Nate The Great) with her from her hometown of Chicago as a surprise bonus," says Values Into Action's Christopher Salazar
"Holly spoke eloquently, and as usual, with great feeling about her life's journey focusing on being a mom to her 5 fantabulous kids, a disABILITY advocate for all, a breast cancer thwarter, and what it means to own all of who you are -- and she does it with style. The event was very well-attended and everyone left uplifted and inspired, signed books in hand. No less than we'd expect," he adds. "Good on ya, Holly and Nate, and THANK YOU for being the fierce advocate you are. We all benefit from YOU being YOU. Thanks also to Kathleen Keenan-Rode, owner of Local Home+Gifts and her staff (who were fabulous hostesses) for opening her gorgeous shop to our event."