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Don't You Hate It When Nothing Fits? That's Her Whole Life.

It stinks to not be able to find any clothes that fit. For your whole life.

Don't You Hate It When Nothing Fits? That's Her Whole Life.

Karen Bowersox was frustrated with her granddaughter Maggie's ill-fitting clothes. "[E]verything was always very long. ... When she started walking, everything was rolled up and her sleeves were always dipping in her cereal."

Maggie has Down syndrome, and most clothes aren't designed for her body.


Karen was surprised to find that there weren't specialty clothes for people with Down syndrome.

After all, over 400,000 Americans have that bonus chromosome.

So she got to work. She partnered with designer Jillian Jankovsky to create clothing that fits well on people with Down.

They generally have shorter sleeves and legs, wider necklines, and a waistline that is low in front but high in the back.

Downs Designs offers a free try-on service and some tailoring to ensure that every item fits perfectly.

In the many photos that happy customers send her, Karen can see the pride on their faces. They make her smile. Because everyone deserves to feel great in their clothes.

Downs Designs started as a passion project to get Maggie some decent clothes, but it's grown to be so much more.

Karen says: "It's actually become way more than just about my granddaughter. ... They're just beautiful people, and to see them in clothes that fit them — it changes everything for them."

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While most 10-year-olds are playing Minecraft, riding bikes, or watching YouTube videos, Justin Sather is intent on saving the planet. And it all started with a frog blanket when he was a baby.

"He carried it everywhere," Justin's mom tells us. "He had frog everything, even a frog-themed birthday party."

In kindergarten, Justin learned that frogs are an indicator species – animals, plants, or microorganisms used to monitor drastic changes in our environment. With nearly one-third of frog species on the verge of extinction due to pollution, pesticides, contaminated water, and habitat destruction, Justin realized that his little amphibian friends had something important to say.

"The frogs are telling us the planet needs our help," says Justin.

While it was his love of frogs that led him to understand how important the species are to our ecosystem, it wasn't until he read the children's book What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada that Justin-the-activist was born.

Inspired by the book and with his mother's help, he set out on a mission to raise funds for frog habitats by selling toy frogs in his Los Angeles neighborhood. But it was his frog art which incorporated scientific facts that caught people's attention. Justin's message spread from neighbor to neighbor and through social media; so much so that he was able to raise $2,000 for the non-profit Save The Frogs.

And while many kids might have their 8th birthday party at a laser tag center or a waterslide park, Justin invited his friends to the Ballona wetlands ecological preserve to pick invasive weeds and discuss the harms of plastic pollution.

Justin's determination to save the frogs and help the planet got a massive boost when he met legendary conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall.

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At one of her Roots and Shoots youth initiative events, Dr. Goodall was so impressed with Justin's enthusiasm for helping frogs, she challenged the young activist to take it one step further and focus on plastic pollution as well. Justin accepted her challenge and soon after was featured in an issue of Bravery Magazine dedicated to Jane Goodall.

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