Hoover resident Ashley DeRamus was honored to receive the Christian Pueschel Memorial Citizen Award at the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) 2016. This award recognizes an individual with Down syndrome whose achievements, service and contributions have enhanced the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome and their families.
“As an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a volunteer, an advocate and an athlete, Ashley distinguished herself by any measure,” said David C. Tolleson, executive director of NDSC. “Her example shines brightly, not only for those within our community, but for all. Congratulations and thank you for all that you do to make the world a better place for people with Down syndrome.”
The Christian Pueschel Memorial Citizen Award was presented July 23 during the annual convention banquet in Orlando.
DeRamus was grateful to the National Down Syndrome Congress for the honor and said she plans to use this opportunity to increase awareness and encourage those who are affected by Down syndrome. “Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do,” DeRamus said. “Show them what you can do.”
DeRamus continues to invest in the community and partnered with the Southern Women’s Show set for Thursday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 2 to provide kids with disabilities an opportunity to be models for the day. The fashion show was held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex and featured kids and their families on the catwalk modeling coordinating fashions.
“I love helping make kids’ dreams come true,” DeRamus said. “I jump at any chance I get to do that, to break down barriers that tell kids they can’t do something because of their disability. I hope I can be an example and provide hope for these families.”
For more information about Ashley DeRamus and the Ashley DeRamus Foundation, please visit ashleyderamusfoundation.org.
– Submitted by Katie Beck.