Guess what Emma Sage and her family will get to celebrate on her birthday [besides the glorious day that our sweet little girl graced our lives].....one of her Birthday Presents will be the DVD release of "Life Goes On" which is scheduled to be released on May 9th [my little angels Birthday Day].
It is funny, but for me, this all seems so ironic that the release of this wonderful series is slated for the fifth anniversary of my little girls birth, because this series was a major inspiration to me,,,,even before the birth of any of my children as I started watching it when I was pregnant with Katrina and it was the one show I had to watch weekly the whole time it was running as a series,,,,,a show that I loved to watch and I believe one of the reasons that many years later when the 'red flags of soft markers' were presented to us during my pregnancy with Emma Sage that I had no worries [except the worry of health issues that I had with all of my children] but the thought of Down syndrome.................I had complete acceptance of that diagnosis right from the start.
I believe in signs from GOD and the Universe, and this show was a sign of sorts for me,,,,and now that it is going to be released on Emma Sage's Birthday, I know it is a sign that many more young women and men will get the opportunity to watch this show and come to a wonderful comfort level of what 'Life' is like with Down syndrome, so that if they are ever faced with the diagnosis of T21 prenatally in the future, just maybe they will not react with fear but of love and acceptance.
Down Syndrome Advocacy Groups Celebrate The Release of 'Life Goes On: The complete First Season" on DVD
Published: April 11, 2006
NEW YORK, April 11 - The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) are pleased to support the release of "Life Goes On: The Complete First Season" on DVD. This groundbreaking family drama starred Chris Burke as Corky, a young adult with Down syndrome who strives to fit in at the mainstream high school he attends with sister Becca (Kellie Martin). "Life Goes On" was the first and only network series to feature an actor with Down syndrome in a starring role, serving as an inspiration for the 350,000 Americans with Down syndrome and their families.
"'Life Goes On' had a profound impact on the level of public awareness of individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities," said National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) Acting Director Jon Colman. David Tolleson, Executive Director of the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) agrees. "The character of Corky served as a role model for a generation of teens and young adults with intellectual disabilities," Tolleson said, adding, "we are so pleased that future generations will be able to enjoy and learn from the series on DVD."
Gail Williamson, Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles, organized the more than 1,000 parents, siblings, professionals and individuals with Down syndrome who wrote letters and made requests to Warner Home Video for the show's release on DVD. "'Life Goes On' was more than just an ordinary TV show in our house," said Williamson. "My son with Down syndrome aspired to be like Corky, and his brother learned from Becca's character that it was okay to love his brother fiercely, but also feel frustrated and annoyed at times."
"I'm proud to have played a character that was so inspirational," said Chris Burke, star of "Life Goes On," NDSS Goodwill Ambassador and regular musical guest at the annual NDSC National Convention. "Corky showed the world that a person's ability is more important than their disability."
The DVD will be available from Warner Home Video starting May 9, 2006 for $39.98 SRP. The DVD includes all 22 episodes and never-before-seen special features including a gag reel and commentary on the pilot episode with Chris Burke and the series creator Michael Braverman. NDSS and NDSC encourage advocacy groups, individuals with Down syndrome, their families, or anyone who enjoyed the series to pre-order their copy of "Life Goes On: The Complete First Season" today.