The National Down Syndrome Society is scheduled to broadcast its annual video presentation in Times Square on Saturday, September 9 and Mississippi will be represented for the fifth year in a row.
Madison native Andi Sisk and Silver Creek native Easton Fuller have been selected to have their pictures displayed with hundreds of others with Down syndrome from across the U.S. on two of the big screens in New York City’s most popular tourist destination.
“Being chosen to be in this video is huge news to us! We as Andi’s parents work hard to do whatever it takes to spread awareness of Down syndrome through Andi and we are so excited that she was chosen to do that on her own through such a large outlet,” Andi’s mother, Carley Sisk, told SuperTalk Mississippi News.
“I have always known she is going to be a world changer and can change perspectives of Down syndrome, and she is already doing that at age four. We are so incredibly proud of her and who she is.”
The one-hour video of roughly 500 photographs includes children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome from all 50 states. These collective images promote the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down syndrome in a very visible way.
“Easton is our miracle son in many ways. He had a corrective open heart surgery at six months of age after spending six weeks in the NICU at Children’s of Mississippi,” Misty Fuller, Easton’s mother, said.
“He is currently one [year old] and thriving in life. We hope to change what society thinks Tristomy 21 is and to show that this diagnosis does not define who he is. It just shows that he can overcome any obstacle thrown at him.”
The two screens that will be displaying the NDSS presentation are located above Dos Caminos restaurant in Father Duffy Square. The presentation will be live-streamed on the NDSS Facebook page from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. CT.