October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.Greg Tornquist and his son, Aaron (39) joined me in the studio for a special show discussing Down Syndrome. Aaron shares his journey in obtaining employment, become an aspiring Elvis Tribute Artist, Special Olympics, and many more wonderful things about his life. Greg open his heart to share his thoughts as a single father with a special needs child, how his life has grown and become richer through the process, and the love and pride he feels for his son.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome the most common chromosomal condition. About 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year. – National Down Syndrome Society
With great pride, Aaron shares the story of how he, on his own, decided he wanted to work for Chick-Fil-A. Asking his father to drop him off, Aaron went to a local Chick-Fil-A and met with the manager on his own. He got the job, and, nearly four years later, he continues to work at the fast -food restaurant.
An aspiring “Elvis-Tribute Artist,” Aaron brings a great love of all things Elvis. With more than 16 trips to Graceland, Aaron broke us all up when he stated he’d “spent more time at Graceland than Elvis!” In addition, he provided a brief sample of his Elvis tribute.
Opening his heart, Greg shared how his life has changed in his journey with Aaron. At times, growing deeply emotional, Greg shares how his life changed in his relationship with Aaron.
“Down Syndrome doesn’t ruin a life. Down Syndrome kicks open a ‘whole-other’ room in your house that you didn’t even know was there!” And, all of sudden you realize, ‘Oh …there’s the whole other place we’ve never explored before. Let’s do it together.'” -Greg Tornquist, father of son with Down Syndrome.
One of the great experiences Greg and Aaron discovered in their journey was the Baddour Center. In addition, Aaron also participated in the Special Olympics, and Best Buddies. These groups continue to serve as valuable resources for family’s living with Down Syndrome.
About Peter Rosenberger
A thirty-year caregiver for his wife, Gracie, who lives with severe disabilities, Peter Rosenberger understands the journey of a caregiver as few do. His experience led to him to author four books including Hope for the Caregiver, and 7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them.
Peter recently earned a 2nd Dan (degree) black-belt in Hapkido. Furthermore, Peter is also an accomplished pianist. He recently release his new CD, Songs for the Caregiver.
Peter and Gracie live in Nashville, TN, where he also serves and the president and co-founder of Standing With Hope.