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Get to Know: Rush

“We learned that Rush had Down syndrome the day after he was born. Had we known then what we know now about what it means to have an extra chromosome, we would have rejoiced at that news. Had we known then that our little boy would play, laugh, and learn much like his older brother or that he would have the ability to soften even the hardest of hearts with his gorgeous rainbow-eyed smile, we wouldn’t have given the fear that often accompanies ignorance the opportunity to creep into our thoughts. But even the fear we felt during Rush’s first few days on Earth couldn’t stand a chance against the fierce love we felt for him. As the days went by, we began to learn how much of a blessing that extra chromosome was. Now, as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Rush’s open heart surgery (which repaired a heart defect common in babies with Down syndrome), we can’t imagine him being any more beautiful or perfect. Rush is our super hero. He has taught us to love deeper, wider, and more unconditionally than we ever thought possible. He is, without a doubt, the best thing that could have happened to our little family. I don’t know that we’ll ever be able to properly thank him for the light that he is in our lives.”

-Erik and Sierra Hoffman, Rush's parents