Thousands of babies are born with chromosomal disorders like Down Syndrome every year, including here in New Mexico.
It can be scary to get that kind of diagnosis, but one Los Lunas family says they hope to spread education and awareness of the blessing it can be.
Ean Anderson is just like any 10-year-old kid. He loves music and video games, and his parents, Lynn and Jason, say he can do anything he sets his mind to.
“It’s our life every day. He wants to play guitar and listen to music,” said Lynn Anderson, Ean’s mom.
From the guitar to the violin, music runs in the Anderson family. For Ean, that means a heart for classical instruments, heavy metal and a love for rock concerts.
His future title may be ‘rockstar’ but right now, it’s ambassador of Nothing Down — a non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for families with Down Syndrome. Ean is one of a few dozen Nothing Down ambassadors in the world and the only one in New Mexico.
“I saw that they were wanting submissions for ambassadors and since he loves to model and do all this cool stuff, I thought, why not? Let’s just enter him. So I entered him, and they picked him,” said Lynn. “We just feel honored to have Ean represent them and advocacy is so important.”
Like the name of the non-profit, nothing is keeping Ean’s momentum down.
“No matter what he wants to do, we’re going to support him regardless,” said Lynn. “It’s going to be up to him, you know? Whatever he decides to do, he’s going to be successful.”
They believe he will be a success no matter what, whether in his living room with his family or on the big stage some day.
“Rock out,” said Ean.
“You’re going to rock out?” asked Lynn.
“I am,” said Ean.
As a 2019 ambassador, the Andersons will do social media and community outreach to raise awareness of Down Syndrome, and even do some fundraising for Nothing Down. The ambassador program is used as a form of public education to help end the stigmas usually associated with disabilities.