Oliver

Photograph by Megan Burgee

Oliver is an adorable three-year-old boy who has Down syndrome. Ollie has battled numerous health crises, illnesses, surgeries and hospitalizations in his short life. But he showed his strength and willingness to fight the moment he was born and whisked away to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with breathing difficulties. He continues to show that strength and resilience time and time again. He attends preschool at Epworth Early Intervention Center and loves balloons, bubbles, playing in water, ice cream, fire trucks, riding his tricycle, and riding with Daddy on his dirt bike. Oliver’s goals are to get everyone around him to blow bubbles on command, to always have a balloon and to keep a smile on his face. He also works hard to avoid naps and bed time. Ollie’s parents hope he always feels surrounded by love, accepted for who he is and that he is kind, above all else. They want Oliver to know that it is okay to be first and okay to be last, as long as he finishes the race.

Family Connection of South Carolina provides services and resources to families who have a child with a disability or specialized healthcare need. Since 1990 we have served more than 100,000 families and today our services are needed more than ever. We focus on parent-to-parent support, guidance with navigating the complex healthcare system, and assistance with school meetings and special education plans.

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