SPOTLIGHT-DSNGG board of directors memeber Korey Hickling and her son Jack

On March 21 for World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, (as the date 3/21 represents the three 21-chromosomes that characterize people with Down Syndrome) 25 or more parents will go to Tried and True Tattoo in Greensboro to get a “lucky few” tattoo for $60. The lucky few tattoo is composed of three chevron-arrows pointing forward.

“The three arrows symbolize the three 21st chromosomes and how we rise up and move forward,” Lindsay Laney, member of the Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro wrote in an email.  “We fly the highest after we have been pulled back and stretched, sometimes even more we think we can bear.”

YES! Weekly was notified of this event from Amanda Leasure Pinnix via Facebook messenger. She wrote that she and her husband are getting the tattoo because their 7-month-old daughter has Down Syndrome.

Korey Hickling, who is getting the tattoo in support of her 7-year-old son, Jack, is on the board of directors for DSNGG.

“We decided as a group, as the Down Syndrome Network, to make it a parent day,” Hickling said. “We said ‘why not go in celebration with World Down Syndrome day?’ So we are all doing them together.”

Hickling said this tattooing event is all about raising awareness for Down Syndrome. She said one of the goals for DSNGG is to bring families together “to make sure that they know they are not alone.” Hickling said one of the reasons for the tattooing event is for parents who are getting a lucky few tattoo to have a visual representation of fellowship with one another.

“Children with Down Syndrome are not always completely included in their communities, and we are trying to change that,” she said. “I think that having a tattoo that somebody might be like ‘oh what is that about?’ It will be a conversation starter, and you can say ‘well, this is for my son Jack because he has Down Syndrome.”

Hickling said she hopes the tattoo will create conversations and hopes that those conversations will lead to creating more opportunities for children with Down Syndrome.

For more information about DSNGG, visit www.dsngg.org

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