Hello There Readers,
Premiering May 15th, Where Hope Grows centers around the unlikely friendship of former baseball player and a grocery clerk with Down Syndrome. Starring David DeSanctis and Kris Polaha, this movie attempts something different by giving a person with a disability (Down syndrome) a protagonist role while showing the realities their trials they struggle to overcome on a daily basis.
"I had no idea what it was going to be like working with the down syndrome community. David really shattered any stereotype I had," says Polaha a Hallmark Home and Family interview.
Down syndrome occurs to about 1 in 1000 babies each year; despite this, many are able to read and write. In fact 20% of people are able to do paid work. This just proves that you can't judge a book by its cover.
"It's taught me just to when I see someone with down syndrome just to walk up and treat them with dignity and respect," says Polaha.
When DeSanctis was asked about his friends reaction to the movie, he just replies ".. That all of my friends came up to be and said 'you're my role model'
Apart from the message of hope and redemption, David hopes that his lead character reminds parents to allow their children to pursue their dreams.
"... Just make the impossible be possible!"
Since I have a close family friend with down syndrome who just happens to work at a grocery store, this movie strikes a chord with me as well. Stay strong,Tyler. You don't know what a positive impact your positive and persevere spirit is having on those around you!