LIBERTY CENTER — A local youth was recently an ambassador on a large stage helping promote the gifts those with Down syndrome bring to their community.
Connor Cobb was one of 500 people selected to be part of a video shown on a jumbo screen in New York City’s Times Square to help kick off Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The event is sponsored by the National Down Syndrome Society.
“They received more than 2,000 photos, and Connor’s was one of 500 that was chosen for the video,” said Connor’s mother, Jenell, who submitted the photo.
The photographs feature children, teens and adults with Down syndrome working, playing and learning alongside friends and family.
Connor and his family made the trip to New York City to view the video on the jumbo screen.
“All of his family went, including grandparents and aunts and uncles,” said Jenell with a laugh. “It was very fun, we had a blast.”
The family was in New York City for four days and Jenell said they took in as many of the sights as they could.
“The subway was a favorite for the kids,” Jenell said.
Obviously, though, the highlight of the trip was seeing Connor’s face on the jumbo screen.
“We all started cheering for him and he was excited that we were cheering for him, I think he was more excited about that than the actual photo being shown,” Jenell said.
She added the family takes part in the annual National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk regional event held in Toledo. That event is geared toward promoting awareness of Down syndrome and events are held around the country.