Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day with the Lucky Few Tattoo Event

World Down Syndrome Day is a special occasion that brings together communities worldwide to raise awareness, celebrate individuals with Down syndrome, and promote inclusion. At Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL), we wanted to mark this significant day in a unique and meaningful way- and this year marked the first annual Lucky Few Tattoo event.

In 2017, a group of incredible mothers, including Heather Avis and Mica May, took the initiative to start the “lucky few” movement. Their goal was to create a sense of unity and empowerment among families of individuals with Down syndrome, and to spread the message of acceptance and love. As a testament to their commitment, a small group of DSL moms got the “lucky few” tattoo shortly after its inception, proudly displaying their dedication to the cause.

Fast forward to the present, and we are thrilled to have hosted the first-ever WDSD tattoo celebration at DSL. This event marked a significant milestone in our journey as a community, showcasing the growth and impact of the “lucky few” movement. The sheer number of participants who joined us for the #DSLLuckyFewTattoo event was a testament to the power of collective strength and the unbreakable bonds formed within the DSL family.

We are immensely grateful to our partner, LiveInk Tattoo and Piercing, who joined hands with us to make this event possible. Their dedication to supporting our cause and their commitment to inclusivity has made them an honorary member of the “lucky few” crew. Together, we set out to create an event that would not only leave a lasting mark on our participants but also symbolize unity and solidarity.

The turnout for the event was nothing short of astounding. Our DSL friends and family came out in full force, showing their support and enthusiasm. Over the course of the weekend, we witnessed the power of unity as more than 170 tattoos were inked, each representing a beautiful and personal connection to Down syndrome.

The sight of individuals, both young and old, proudly displaying their new tattoos was a testament to the love and acceptance that exists within our community. These tattoos are not just ink on skin; they serve as a badge of honor, symbolizing the journey, strength, and resilience of those with Down syndrome and their families.

The significance of the chosen tattoo design—a trio of colorful arrows—cannot be understated. The arrows, pointing upwards, represent the “lucky few” and their upward trajectory in life. They embody the spirit of progress, determination, and endless possibilities. Each arrow is unique, just as each person with Down syndrome has their own individual strengths, talents, and dreams. Together, they form a powerful reminder that we are stronger when we support and celebrate one another.

The joy and sense of community that permeated throughout the Lucky Few Tattoo event were truly heartwarming. The atmosphere was filled with laughter, stories, and shared experiences. It was a time to reflect on the progress we have made in creating a more inclusive society while acknowledging that there is still work to be done

We look forward to future events that bring us closer as a community and empower us to break down barriers. Until then, let us cherish the memories created during the #DSLLuckyFewTattoo event and hold onto the hope and love it represents.

Thank you to all who made this event a tremendous success. May the spirit of unity and inclusion continue to guide us as we work toward a brighter, more inclusive future for in

dividuals with Down syndrome and beyond.


Similar Articles

Congratulations to Anna on her new job!

Anna started work at Forest Springs Health Campus on February 21st! She has already made an amazing impression on coworkers and management. Anna’s nurturing and caregiving nature will be an asset like no other, and her ability to socialize and make others comfortable is going to offer endless benefits. Want to learn more about DSL’s […]

Read More

Welcome Lisa!

Please welcome the latest member of the DSL team, Lisa Hammersmith! Lisa is the new “first face” at DSL so make sure you stop by the front desk and say hello next time you’re in the building! Lisa has a strong background in customer service from years of working in the medical and retail field. […]

Read More

Celebrate WDSD with a New Tattoo!

Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day this March with a brand new tattoo! Book your session with the Main Street Tattoo team Monday through Saturday throughout March! Main Street is offering 3×3 tattoos for the generous price of $50, but if you’d like to book something outside the provided tattoos below, please discuss this with the […]

Read More

DSL Setting the Standard!

DSL leadership spent this past week/weekend at the annual Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Leadership Conference in Dallas! The conference is an opportunity to learn and grow by sharing best practices with other Down Syndrome Associations across the country. DSAIA’s Accreditation program helps organizations achieve excellence in nonprofit management and honors best practices. The DSAIA […]

Read More

In Loving Memory of Larry Barmore

It is with the deepest sadness we share with you that one of our former members, Larry Baremore has passed. Larry was a regular attendee of the Academy prior to the pandemic when he transitioned to the lodge. Please keep his family and friends close to your heart at this time. Larry Thomas Barmore, 64, […]

Read More

Welcome Suzanne!

Please welcome the latest member of the Down Syndrome of Louisville team, Suzanne Johnson! Suzanne joins DSL as a new Academy Teacher. Suzanne was born and raised in Louisville.  She is a former elementary school teacher who found DSL at the perfect time in her career.  “I couldn’t be happier to be working in such […]

Read More

Sacred Heart Academy & Trinity High School Supporting DSL!

Sacred Heart Academy and Trinity High School held their 13th Annual Rock the Heart charity lacrosse game in the fall. This year, both teams chose to raise money for Down Syndrome of Louisville due to personal connections they have with our organization. Morgan Keesaer, who plays for Sacred Heart, has a younger sister who has […]

Read More

Enjoy A Bats Game with your DSL Family

Join Down Syndrome of Louisville for a fun day of Louisville Bats baseball at Slugger Field on April 28th. Your Bats will take on the Nashville Sounds with first pitch happening at 1:05pm. It’s Kids Day at Slugger so all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a FREE meal (Hot Dog, Chips, and drink) Kids can also enjoy our inflatables inside our air-conditioned Hall of Fame Pavilion […]

Read More

Celebrate WDSD at the Big Four Blue & Yellow Bridge!

Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st with your DSL family!   Thanks to the Smothers Family, the Big Four Bridge will be lit blue and yellow on Thursday, March 21st to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. Join your DSL family for dinner that night at Pig Beach BBQ from 5-8. Pig Beach BBQ […]

Read More

Welcome Bayley!

A new face at DSL! Bayley Thompson is a counselor-in-training with the clinical mental health counseling graduate program at the University of the Cumberlands. She is doing her clinical experience here at DSL as an intern under the supervision of Jenny Kimes, helping provide mental health support to our teen and adult members and families. […]

Read More

Entrepreneurs with Down syndrome wanted!

You are invited to participate in the 2024 DSAIA Annual Leadership Conference Entrepreneur Showcase! Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action is excited to be bringing back the Entrepreneur Showcase to this year’s conference — February 15-17, 2024 in Dallas, Texas. Click Here to learn more about this year’s conference. The Entrepreneur Showcase will be part of […]

Read More

Welcome Selma!

Meet Selma Suljic, our new Academy Teacher at Down Syndrome of Louisville! Originally from Bosnia, Selma landed in the US as a kid and found her passion for special education at Marion C Moore. #GoMustangs When she’s not in the classroom, she’s at home with her dog, Ash. Selma is a die-hard Diet Coke fan; […]

Read More
Translate our Site »