15 people with Down syndrome tell a mom what kind of life her child will have.

Every year, around 6,000 American children are born with Down syndrome.

One out of every 691 babies are born with the condition (in which a person has an extra chromosome), making it one of the most common genetic conditions in the U.S. Approximately 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome.

Those statistics, however, don't take away the worries that many expectant parents feel when they learn the baby they're carrying has Down syndrome.


In a heartwarming video created by an Italian Down syndrome advocacy group called CoorDown, a mom-to-be asks what it will be like to raise a child with Down syndrome.

"I'm expecting a baby," she writes. "I've discovered he has Down syndrome. I'm scared: what kind of life will my child have?"

The organization responded to her in the best way possible: They created a video of people who also have Down syndrome telling her what she can expect.

They shared all of the things her son would be able to do.


And they shared the hard truth, too.

Here's the bottom line, though.

Grab your tissues for this...

The unknown is scary, which is why videos and information like this are so important.

Maureen Wallace, a writer and mom whose oldest son Charlie has Down syndrome, told me that the most important thing is "education and getting accurate information into the hands of parents who may have had little to no experience with someone with Down syndrome."

"What I wish someone had told me is that my child with Down syndrome is going to make me burst with love, explode in frustration, and exude pride and joy regularly," she said. "Then I wish they had added: Just like every other child you have."

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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