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Supporting Families

Part of why we started CHF was to be able to support families who may sometimes feel isolated, or who may experience financial hardship due to medical issues that can not be handled locally in Windsor. Some families find themselves on endless drives on the highway going back and forth from Windsor to London, and sometimes Windsor to Toronto. These times can feel desperate, lonely, and scary. These times force people into living a life with no consistency, no routine. It can even force them to take time off work and keep them away from their other family members.   We know, we've been there. When I was pregnant with Hazel, we left the house at 4am with some complications. We...

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Hazel is 8!

This child. This child that sparked a light in me, turned 8 this week. When she was born we knew that our life would be full of greatness. Don't get me wrong, it is NOT without its challenges, but greatness indeed follows. It was also not without fear. But from the deepest of fear and despair, courage and joy can emerge. Now I fear that WITHOUT this child, we would have never learned this hard, but beautiful truth about life. This child who taught how to love much deeper than we could have previously understood. This child who has shown us that we aren't all made the same, but we are created equal. This child who has introduced us to...

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CHF Speech & Communication Group 2020

As 2020 is beginning we are working diligently on getting the CHF Speech, Friendship, and Communication Group back up and running. We were able to service around 50 children last year, and are hoping that number grows this year. We are VERY proud of this resource, and all the benefits it has been offering our local families. ***It is available to individuals with Down syndrome ages 2 and up. Please do not hesitate to email if you are interested in more information or signing up for the group. Goals of the program: Participants are in groups of 3-4, geared to developing communication and conversation skills amongst peers. Traditional speech and language therapy is imbedded within a natural communicative situation. Many...

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Adaptive Athlete Class

We have been a part of an Adaptive Athlete program at All Level CrossFit for a year and a half now. It runs Tuesday at 4pm and Saturday’s at 12pm. Please email me or John at All Level if you would like to give it a try! These sessions are for ages 15 and up. Kids CrossFit is also available (times vary) starting at age 6.  After piloting the program in the summer of 2018, I personally became a participant just over a year ago when I realized that I need to step up my fitness game. The program encourages everyone and anyone, of all abilities and fitness levels, to come out and have some fun in a team environment,...

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Julia Lane Breaks 4 World Records!

Julia Lane has just broken 4 World Records!    An award ceremony will take place on Saturday December 7th at 5:45 on the pool deck to present Julia with her World Record Certificates.  The 20 year old swimmer from Windsor is the new World Down Syndrome Short Course record holder in the 50 fly, 100 free, 200 free and 400 free. Julia broke her first three records on November 3rd at a small meet in Windsor. Three weeks later in London, Ontario, Julia added another record in the 400 free with a time of 6:58.72. These amazing accomplishments were unbeknownst to her family at the time. It wasn’t until a fellow athlete with Down Syndrome and record holder from the East Coast...

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