Dear Mom Conference at FOA

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Dear Mom co founders

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Amy Amaradio (on right) and Mercedes Lara co-founded Dear Mom, a conference for mothers of children with Down syndrome. The Dear Mom website states the event is, “A dream birthed from a realization that friendship with another mom raising a child with Down syndrome is one of the strongest tools you’ll have in this journey.”

Dear Mom on stage

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Mercedes Lara and panel host Heather Avis field questions from the audience

Dear Mom speaker

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Shauna Amick, one of the amazing speakers from #dearmomconference, called all the mamas “dangerous.” She said, “Yes we are! I also think we get to be dangerous because our children encourage us to be fearless!”

Dear Mom audience

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At Dear Mom, the focus and vision is to provide spaces and events that inspire, encourage, and connect moms with other moms along the journey of raising a person with Down syndrome. It’s an opportunity to have a moment to rest, enjoy the company of others, and engage in a relationally inspired community.

Dear Mom art

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Junior Artists section for display of works by 35 artists with Down syndrome, which were sold with a percentage of the proceeds going to Dear Mom. Amaradio says, “Why not art? FOA is all about art. It fits the character of the venue. It’s a chance for people with different abilities to be highlighted and showcase their work and talent.”

Dear Mom sold

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Sold!