Karen and her husband, Chuck, have lived in West Chester for 35 years. They have two children, Jennifer (24) and Fred (33), who has Down syndrome and Autism. Karen and Chuck are both employed at Chester County Hospital.
Fred, participates in many recreational activities in his community, such as Challenger baseball (in which Chuck is his coach), acting in the theater groups CAST and TDU, dances at The ARC, Special Olympics Swim, Cooking class at WCU and church. Fred also works with a fitness trainer 2 times each week at the YMCA. Fred is currently employed part-time at Giant, Katie Mac Floral, and volunteers at Chester County Hospital each week. They are fortunate that Fred is in a program that supports young adults with Autism in their community. Fred receives transportation support as well as job and community support when needed. Fred’s greatest loves are his sister, baseball, acting, and Camp PALS, an away camp for individuals with Down syndrome.
They all love participating in the yearly Buddy Walk, where “we visit with old and new friends to collectively raise money to promote awareness of Down syndrome, as well as provide financial support to members and various community programs.