In honor of Down syndrome (Ds) Awareness Month, join us in celebrating those who are making a difference in the Ds community.   The 2016 Rise Awards is hosted by Bailey Tippen.  Please take a moment to check out all of our 2016 Honorees and Nominees pages.  Simply click on their names below.  Feel free to read and share what they are doing to make a difference.

The 2016 Rise Awards Nominees are:

Impeccable Advocate – Denon & Sean Moore | Susie TenEyck
Exceptional Teacher – Patricia C. Winders | Terry Brown
Outstanding Parent – Delno Edie | Sonya Hines | Stefanie Maucher
Best Media Outlet – Fran Farrer | KMGH | Leroy Moore

The 2016 RISE Awards honors and celebrates self-advocates:

Blake PyronCarli MaucherConnor LongHolly WrobbelJennifer KatzMarcus SikoraOlivia Rachelle Brosseau, and Tianna Rose Habersham.


Executive Produced by Yvonne Pierre

Sponsored by Hungry Artiz and I Am My Own Best Friend

Committee Members – Kaye Jay, Kinaya Tatum, and Tye Barnett

This year, the 2016 RISE Awards proudly supports the “Rally Foundation.” Children with Down syndrome are at a higher risk of Leukemia. So,, we ask that you take a moment to visit their website, share and/or make a direct donation to the Rally Foundation to help find a cure, visit