This is just beautiful:
A group of 50 mums of kids with Down syndrome has created a Carpool Karaoke-style video to raise awareness of children with an extra chromosome.
Mums who were part of the Facebook group “Designer Genes”, who all had a child with Down’s syndrome born in 2013/14, were inspired by a Singing Hands Carpool Karaoke video signed with Makaton, a simplified form of British Sign Language which is designed to help hearing people with learning or communication difficulties using signs alongside speech.
The mums decided to use the track ‘A Thousand Years’ by American singer Christina Perri. To get permission to feature the song, the group contacted Perri via her husband, Paul Costabile on Twitter. Within an hour, the LA-based couple replied declaring their support for the idea.
50 mums got involved and filmed themselves in their cars, and a dad edited the clips together to make the final video.
Angela Mui, 44, who lives in Scotland, is in the video with her three-year-old son Stephen. “I took part in the video primarily to help change attitudes towards Down syndrome,” she told HuffPost UK. “The UK has a 90% termination rate for babies diagnosed with Down’s syndrome in the womb.
“I want people to know having a child with Down syndrome isn’t scary; in fact it is a wonderful adventure; full of joy, love and yes some challenges, just like having any typical child.”
Heart beats fast
Colours and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I’m afraid to fall?
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt
Suddenly goes away somehow
One step closer
I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more…