I was talking with a friend of mine the other day. She just recently had her third baby, a little girl named Lumina. She’s perfect, beautiful and curious, and you fall in love with her the moment you meet her. She also happens to have Down Syndrome. One in ever 691 babies are born with it. My friend was not aware her little girl had Downs until after she was born, but the moment she was, she was without flaw in her mother’s eyes. And that’s how she’s going to be treated her whole life: complete, unique, perfectly Lumina.
It’s experiences like the ones I’ve had with Lumina and her mother that make me doubly proud that PinMart is the official supplier of promotional products for the NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society). Every time you purchase Down Syndrome lapel pins or lanyards, we give more than 7% of those sales towards the NDSS to help them fund programs, research and outreach to families across the US raising children with Downs. And let me tell you, that adds up.
A lot of people don’t understand what I do for a living when I tell them I create and sell lapel pins and other awareness products. They think I either sell jewelry, or that it’s just event swag. Honestly though, what I do, at least in part, is promote hope. Corny perhaps, but I like to think that’s true. Hope for a cure for cancer, hope for a better future for children with Downs, hope for the next generation with graduation pins. At the end of the day, whether that’s a pin, or a new drug breakthrough, or anything else, it’s not a bad way to make a living.