Author Archives: Karen

I Remember The First Day Of School

Oh how i miss the first day of school & seeing Andrew so excited about experiencing this part of his life……. well maybe not so much Andrew and to tell you the truth, maybe it was just me, a mom … Continue reading

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Inspiring Business Owners

I was looking through previous e mails and i came across one that was written by Maureen Wallace of SheKnows media about Inspiring Business Owners who not only have a business but they also have Down syndrome. Reading this again … Continue reading

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Mason’s Fight

Andrew had the opportunity to meet his new friend Mason last week and he gave him, along with his mom and dad some of his “Be Strong Rock On” shirts. Andrew enjoys giving his shirts to little ones to help … Continue reading

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Mom Of The Month and a Birthday.

I woke this morning at 7 am to Andrew making me coffee and a couple of text messages from loved ones and an e mail from Moma Deb. Text messages …Good morning Karen, I hope you have a Happy Birthday … Continue reading

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The Visit

The words may not be many, the visit may not be long, His warmth is from his heart, way deep down inside. Its honest and unconditional without any hesitation. He wants to help others and provide some comfort when their … Continue reading

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No one Fights alone!

Andrew, you are my Hero. You fight every step of the way and always take chances. You are always willing to learn and try new things. You my son, have showed me that everyone has the ability to achieve. You … Continue reading

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Andrew helping young adults with Down syndrome achieve a higher education

Andrew is doing something really awesome with his Group Hug Apparel. He is helping individuals who have Down syndrome achieve a higher education by being part of Rubys Rainbow on line auction. Andrew fulfilled his dream of attending college in … Continue reading

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Be Strong Rock On Dinner

What is a Friend ~ A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause, a comrade. ” To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world”. To all … Continue reading

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Introducing “Julia” a nail polish like no other

We are so very proud to announce  “Julia” a nail polish that was created by Andrew and inspired by his girlfriend Julia. Andrew is always searching for that perfect shade of polish and when he could not find it what … Continue reading

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Pasta Dinner/Fundraiser Honouring Andrew – Canadian Down Syndrome Hero

Pasta Dinner/Fundraiser Honouring Andrew Banar ~ Canadian Down syndrome Hero 2015 Friday June 19th at Colasanti Tropical Gardens 1550 Rd 3 E. Kingsville ON Tickets $20 each (cash only) All proceeds go toward Andrew’s  ongoing “Helping Sick Kids One Shirt … Continue reading

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Quilts made with love

If you remember that last month we put a request out to have one lap quilt made for Andrew’s “Be The Reason Someone Smiles Day” birthday wish so he could give it to someone who was going through treatment for … Continue reading

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I was chosen to be a Hero – A Canadian Down Syndrome Hero

With help from my mom we wrote this together ~ Andrew Banar When I heard i was chosen as a Canadian Down syndrome Hero I was very happy about this. It makes me feel good to be recognized and appreciated … Continue reading

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Helping Sick Kids Bowl A Thon

On April 11th, 2015 Group Hug Apparel will be hosting Andrew Banar’s Helping Sick Kids Bowl a Thon with proceeds benefiting W. E. Care For Kids Foundation. The event will take place at Super Bowl Lanes 10000 Tecumseh Rd. E … Continue reading

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Tan Lines And The Salon – Fundraiser

Less than two months after hearing her son, 8 year old Shane’s cancer had returned, Jennifer Jensen was diagnosed with cervical cancer. On Thursday April 2nd from 10 am to 6 pm Employees from Tan Lines and The Salon will … Continue reading

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W.E. Care Donor Spotlight

We are so very honoured that Andrew and his Group Hug Apparel business was chosen to be the W.E. Care Donor Spotlight for the month of March from W.E. Care For Kids Foundation. What a wonderful month to be recognized … Continue reading

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