"My third son Joaquin was an unexpected blessing."
He was born with a little something extra called Down syndrome. He inspired us to adopt Sofia — who also has Down syndrome — from an orphanage in Ukraine. With just one look at a single baby picture posted on the web, we fell in love with her. Sofia and Joaquin have opened my eyes to more love and beauty than I ever thought possible. I wear the pieces of my story on my PopCharms bracelet. One of my most cherished charms is the one with three little arrows called “The Lucky Few” - a symbol for parents, family, and friends, who advocate and adore a person with Down syndrome.
This life is one that I never imagined for myself growing up. It’s a life that chose me and it is one that I stand in with so much gratitude.
My eyes have been opened to the beauty of imperfection. I wouldn’t change a thing. I am truly one of The Lucky Few. I hope that our story will help people see the beauty and gift and strength of ALL children and to embrace our differences. Diversity is the one thing we all have in common. Our uniqueness is our magic...BE YOU!
Jennifer Varanini Sanchez
• Mama Bear to 4
• Down syndrome & adoption advocate
• Makeup lover
Everyone has a story. What’s yours?
PopCharms is proud to donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of The Lucky Few charm to Ruby’s Rainbow - an organization dedicated to spreading awareness of the capabilities of people with Down syndrome, and supporting their dreams of higher education.
We want to know YOU! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your short story (15 sentences or less) telling us the meaning behind a charm on your bracelet. It can be a significant event, accomplishment, or memory to a milestone, or special relationship. If your story is chosen to be featured, you get a $50 gift card!
Stories inspire and build empathy. They give us a window into a life often different than our own. Stories break down barriers, helping us all understand each other and the world just a little bit better.
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