Daily Archives: October 19, 2015

Response #1 to Gratitude #4, Carrie Bergeron

Ms. Bergeron has given permission to post my letter to her and her response to me.




Dear Ms. Bergeron,

About 11 years ago, we met in Worcester, Massachusetts at the MDSC annual conference where you were the keynote speaker at lunch. At the time, my spouse and I were still coming to terms with being parents to a baby with Down syndrome and were working on a film, which sadly wasn’t finished. I wanted to take a few minutes just to say thank you for being a strong advocate and taking the time to speak with us.

At that time, if you asked me if my daughter Alice would dance ballet, I would have said, ‘no way’, but this year, she is in her 6th Nutcracker! Can you believe it?

You may be wondering why I’m writing you. As I approach 50, I’ve found it very important to thank the people who have helped or changed me, and you are one of those people. I’ve started a project at http://www.plinth.org/gratitude where I’m documenting this. You can participate too if you choose. If you reply, and you don’t need to, just let me know if you want me to post this letter or your reply. I will never post personal information, nor will I post anything without your permission.

Kind Regards,

Stephen Hawley

Ms. Bergeron’s response:

Dear Steve,
Thank you for the awesome letter! It really won my heart. After eleven years since I did my presentation in Worcester, MA, hearing from you is really a confirmation that I am making a difference in this world:) I just turned thirty-nine in September and am still speaking for those of us with Down syndrome and other special needs. I would like to know more about Alice. I do not do ballet but I love to dance, especially Zumba! I will email you my biography and hope we can stay in touch.