This summer at Camp PALS, Penny had a chance to write a letter to a new parent of a baby with Down syndrome as a part of PALS’ Congratulations Project. Here is what she had to say:
Congrats on your new baby! My name is Penny and I am a participant at Camp PALS. I’m proud of multiple things. I am proud that I made the cheer team twice, I’m proud that I meet new friends at PALS, I’m proud that I have a strong commitment to dance, I’m proud that I have maintained friendships through some really tough times in my life, lastly I’m proud that I had a boyfriend even though it didn’t last long.
I like to listen to Taylor Swift and jam out with my family and friends. I also like to dance and have dance parties with PALS. Lastly I like to comfort friends when they are upset and they need a friend.
In the future, I want to become a part of the party planning business, maybe in the future get a job. In the future I want to be close to family and friends when I live without my parents. In the future if Taylor Swift does another tour I want to go to a concert.
I love my life because my family and I went to a Taylor Swift concert. I’ve always wanted to go to a Taylor Swift concert!!! I also love my life because I have made new friends over the years, some at PALS like James, Chloe, and Kenny; have also made friends at other camps that I have been to over the years. Lastly I love my life because I have been attending PALS since I was 12. I have made many friends at PALS, Chloe and James in particular.
The experiences that I have been to at PALS have always been my favorite. Dorney Park and karaoke are my favorites. The PALS community has always made me feel welcome. I love the friends that you make and all of the random dance parties I have been part of over the years at PALS.
The friends that I have made at PALS always has my back. Alex always knows how to make my week even though there has been some ups and downs. Alex and Bridget have been over the top supportive and knows when I need a dance party. Thank you Alex and Bridget and James for making my PALS week even more special. The dance parties were much needed.
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