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19May

Well what can I say about yesterday?I’ve tried thinking of suitable words; Proud, emotional, humbled, grateful, tearful… but nothing comes close to explaining how I really felt seeing everyone, runners of all abilities, in their green Running for Rosie & Friends 2014 T-Shirts, pushing themselves around the 10km Great Manchester course in blistering heat – all for South Manchester DS Support Group. Okay some may say “it wasn’t THAT hot” or, “I’ve ran in hotter weather” however the problem lay with the fact the temperature had increased by at least 10 degrees to those everyone had been used to training in, so it was a big deal for the vast majority of people out on the course. The ambulances and constant flow of paramedics on bikes was all the evidence needed to prove that. It really was a titanic effort from ‘Team Running for Rosie & Friends 2014’ and the post run meet up and drinks in the sunshine were a very welcome reward!The main achievement came when I realised we had smashed our initial fundraising target of £2500. At the time of writing this we are at a staggering £3180 and counting…! The donation page for this event is open for another 4 weeks so if you’d like to donate you can still do so by clicking this link: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/runningforrosieThank you so much to everyone who not only ran but to each and everyone of you who so generously donated to a cause so close to us, especially in these difficult financial times.In this instance I think photo’s speak louder than words so I leave you with a selection of our images from the day which should hopefully illustrate the effort we went to as well as the fun we had!

  

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The Future's Rosie

I'm Tom, a thirty something father to three beautiful children and husband to my soulmate Karen. I started this blog as a means to talk about stuff, get things out in the open, a bit like an online therapy I guess and to celebrate the progress of my beautiful daughter Rosie who was born in March 2011 with Down's Syndrome (DS) and a Complete Atrioventricular Septal Defect (AVSD). Maybe the experiences shared on here will help others too, hopefully help illustrate the bright futures our children with DS will have if we can break down common misconceptions. When I first found out Rosie would be born with DS I found reading literature with open and honest feelings on the subject, extremely helpful. This is not intended to be a written masterpiece and I can promise you it won’t be. I don’t pretend to have a large vocabulary and to be honest the further behind me my school days become the more my grammar has deteriorated!... however, you will find what is written on these pages comes from the heart.

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