A New World for MacKenzie

November 28, 2017

Al, Arthur, Nancy & MacKenzie with cutout of Alex.

When the phone rings late at night, how often does it bring good news? Al and Nancy’s late night call delivered a chilling message: the amniocentesis showed that their third child would be born with Down syndrome!

Al and Nancy’s initial reactions were vastly divergent. Nancy, who grew up in a town with a traditional State Hospital, envisioned her child being institutionalized. Conversely, Al received the news as if he heard the baby would be left-handed: it was simply one of her various characteristics.

Nervous to take on the world, Al and Nancy resolved to raise their child to live a life without limits. This meant not shielding their child from reality, but encouraging her to participate in life as much as possible. Read more


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