At TriLink, we believe in giving back to the community. We support causes and organizations that are important to our employees through volunteer work and financial donations. We are proud of our involvement with a variety of local and national organizations varied in their causes from helping abused children to funding college scholarships and cancer research.
During the month of October, we are supporting two great organizations. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are supporting Susan G, Komen 3 Day. For every order placed during October, we will donate $5 to Susan G. Komen. In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness, we are donating $1,500 to DS Action San Diego.
Down Syndrome Awareness is a cause that is dear to our hearts as one of our coworkers, John Nguyen, has a son with Down syndrome. We’d like to share some of John’s story.
When John and his wife, Jessica heard, “Your child may have Down syndrome,” they, like most parents who receive this news, were saddened and confused. What did this mean? Will he or she be healthy? What do we do next? So many questions and emotions shook up their world in a way they never expected.
When they welcomed Jordan into the world, his condition was still unknown and his heart needed to be monitored so they were only able to hold him for a few seconds before he was whisked away. But that’s all they needed to know they were a family and they were in this together. Jordan spent 10 days in the NICU. In addition to having Down syndrome, he was also diagnosed with a congenital heart condition called Ebstein’s anomaly.
Jessica said, “Although it was difficult in the beginning, we quickly realized how lucky we were and how amazing he is. His heart condition remains stable. Throughout this journey we have remained positive and refuse to let his diagnoses damper or put a limit to what Jordan can accomplish and achieve… The route to parenting we thought we were going to take was detoured and I consider it a blessing. We now get to appreciate things we never previously considered. We have met people we never would have met otherwise. And now know a love so deep that we never could have imagined. Love not only for and from our son but also from the love and support of our family, friends, and community. Those questions and emotions in the beginning really shook up our world….but in the best way possible.”
John and Jessica actively fundraise for DS Action, a San Diego organization affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC). With the help of Rady Children’s Hospital, DS Action established the Down Syndrome Center, where all children with Down syndrome have an equal opportunity to receive recommended evaluations, referrals and intervention services.
For more information about Down syndrome and how you can support awareness, please visit http://www.downsyndromeaction.org
Find out more about the other organizations we support:
DS Action San Diego
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
Susan G. Komen 3-Day