Local resident Anna Nardone Hayden has launched a crowdfunding campaign to build and grow a new website that will provide valuable resources, therapies, research, and inspirational stories to empower and assist families with children who have Down syndrome.
This Annapolis “Mom with a Mission” hopes to raise $30,000 by November 22, 2013 to support KateisKate.com So far, the campaign has raised more than $9,000 in just 21 days.
“By the time Kate was 9 months old, I had learned so many things that helped her development,” said Hayden. “I wondered if other families had access to the resources we had. What would happen to their child if they didn’t? This website will give families and caretakers access and insight into some of the incredible work and therapies that can make a huge difference in their child’s development. I am constantly amazed at how simple, easy playful activities that I never would have thought about as therapy make a profound difference in Kate’s developmental growth. ”
KateisKate.com will include:
- Instructional Videos & Personal Blog: In this Playing with Purpose clip, Anna uses a pizza-building game with Kate that also incorporates sequencing, auditory processing, fine motor skills, and counting
- Experts: To address speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, sibling relationships
- Research: Neuroscience Development, Nutrition, Alternative Health
- Resources: Including organizations and other blogs
- Inspirational Stories & Testimonials
When asked about this project, Kate’s occupational therapist Tracy Wilson from The Pediatric Development Center in Rockville, Maryland said, “Anna and her daughter Kate are such an inspiration to us as therapists! I know that the KateisKate website will be a valuable resource for families of children with Down syndrome and the professionals who work with them.”
Crowdfunding is a collective fundraising effort that uses social media to reach people and gain their financial support for a variety of projects from new product developments in a range of industries, to charitable causes, artistic endeavors (films, books, comic strip) and political campaigns. Anna’s campaign is now live on Indiegogo, one of the pioneers of crowdfunding set up in 2007.
For more information about the KateisKate.com campaign and to donate visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kateiskate-com