Emily Pratt, a patient at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, was required to do a senior project for her high school graduation and wanted to support Down Syndrome Awareness, so she decided to create handmade bracelets and sell them to family and friends.
The proceeds, which totaled around $1,200, were used to purchase 120 children’s books on topics such as colors, numbers, and the alphabet. These particular books each featured children with Down syndrome on every page.
Emily and her family came to Children’s Hospital last week to present the books to Kishore Vellody, MD, medical director of the Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania. With World Down Syndrome Day celebrated on March 21, it was a great tie in! The theme for World Down Syndrome Day was “random acts of kindness”, and Emily’s support definitely exemplified that.
Emily’s project will surely help families who visit here who have a baby with Down syndrome enjoy reading to their child. Each new parent packet at the Down Syndrome Center at Children’s will have a book, donated by Emily Pratt.