NY Woman Helping Grant Wishes For People With Down Syndrome Across The Nation

WILLISTON PARK, N.Y. (CBS 2) — An Ulster County woman is working to grant wishes for people with Down syndrome.

“People aren’t always very kind so I just felt this was one way to honor people with Down syndrome and helping them have something special for themselves,” Kim Adams told CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu.

Kim Adams works as a CAT Scan technician, but spends even more hours working with Gifts From the Heart for Downs, which she founded in July 2010. She decided to grant wishes all over the country after facing the challenges of getting what she needed for her children. She adopted Judy and Matthew when they were babies. Matthew is now 17 and Judy is 12.

“I always put myself in that parents position, so it’s very emotional for me,” Adams said.

The family raises all the money on their own to grant the wishes, and Adams spends hours on the phone arranging everything from a meet-and-greet with celebrities to equipment the children need.

On Wednesday, Adams drove two-and-a-half hours to Williston Park to surprise 6-year-old Brian and 9-year-old Mady with iPads to help with their communication.

“I can’t express what it means because he really needed this and it’s so out of reach for so many of us and she makes it happen,” said Robin Roach, Brian’s mother.

“I was shocked that somebody would really go above and beyond in their own free time to do this,” said Laura Sipperley, Mady’s mother.

Since last year, she has granted 30 wishes and she’s working on another 45.

“I don’t choose. I take them all, unless they’re unreasonable. If they’re a reasonable request, a stroller, a wheelchair, a meet-and-greet, I don’t have the heart to turn them away,” Adams said.

Please leave a comment below…

  • Glorua

    What you do for all children is an amazing thing, and thank you so much for getting my grandson an iPad. Thank you for all you do.

  • Susan

    This dear lady granted my son, Sean his wish…he got to meet the cast of Days of our Lives…it meant everything to him…and I can’t Thank her enough!! We love you Kim Adams and your Matthew and Julie are amazing !!

  • Robin Roach

    My son was one of the receipents in this video. I can’t not express what it means to myself and other parents who are waiting for their childs wishes. Please if you can go to the site and donate. Every little bit helps even a 1.00.

    • lydiass

      The world needs more Kim Adams’. These are the stories people need to hear to re-enliven love and hope.I am a 26 years old nurse, young and beautiful. Now I am seeking an older gentle man who can give me real love , so i got a username Annababe2011 on—a’ge’l’es’s’da’te. C óM—it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and older men, or older women and younger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck it out or tell your friends.

  • Dena Charlie Mccune

    I wish The world had more people like her. It would be a much nicer place to live. Thank you Kim for being an angel here on Earth.

  • Donna Kiefer Albano

    I hope people will donate to help her! http://www.giftfromtheheartofdowns.com

    • Donna Kiefer Albano

      Gifts from the heart for downs

  • Sonia

    it is agreat thing that you are doing out of love ,it should be done for all children with a disability

  • Tamara Roettger

    I absolutely LOVE Kim Adams for all she does for our children with DS.Thank you Kim!!!

  • kendra

    that is very nice thing to do for people that want to meet some1 very inspiring to them at this point in there lives…

  • lefti

    The world needs more Kim Adams’. These are the stories people need to hear to re-enliven love and hope.

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