Q&A with Kristi Fote, Be Beautiful Be Yourself Young Professionals Co-Chair

Kristi Fote1. Why did you join the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Committee?

“As an active young professional in the Denver area, I was invited to join the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Event Committee by a friend. Already tied up with a number of events, I was only planning to be minimally involved and solely help with promoting the event to other YPs. However, once I became more involved with the great efforts of the organization, I knew that I wanted to offer more. Little did I know that my involvement with the foundation would change my life. Within the first few meetings, I learned that the Alzheimer’s Association and Global Down Syndrome Foundation were collaborating on their research efforts. My grandfather had Alzheimer’s, and as I watched how the disease lead to his death, and how the disease affected those closest to him, I was truly saddened. This is a helpless situation and all you can do is make the individual as comfortable as possible. Knowing that there would be more efforts toward curing this terrible disease through the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, I was hooked. I wanted to do more!”

2. What does supporting the Global Down Syndrome Foundation mean to you?

“I was asked to co-chair the YP committee where we had a mini fundraiser for the YPs. We decided to mirror the main event and have a fashion show of our own. We invited 7 individuals with Down syndrome to be part of our event. This was the most incredible experience. Working with these kids was wonderful! They were excited, appreciative, and just rock stars! Seeing how proud they were of their accomplishments made me realize that they were helping me more than I could ever help them. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of individuals, and I hope to be involved for years to come so I can watch them grow and praise them for their continued accomplishments.”

3. Why should people support the Global Down Syndrome Foundation?

“It seems to me that the more we continue to have organizations collaborate on their research, the greater the benefit all around. It is amazing what is found when we all work together! I am glad the Global Down Syndrome Foundation is taking the route of collaborative research.”