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When CNN Hero Nancy Gianni found out that her newborn daughter Gigi had Down syndrome, she was devastated, but also dismayed by the negative reaction from those around her.  In 2003, she started Gigi?s Playhouse to celebrate children and adults with the condition and help them reach their full potential.  Since then, her nonprofit has provided free assistance to more than 25,000 families at 30 locations across the U.S. and Mexico.
When CNN Hero Nancy Gianni found out that her newborn daughter Gigi had Down syndrome, she was devastated, but also dismayed by the negative reaction from those around her.  In 2003, she started Gigi?s Playhouse to celebrate children and adults with the condition and help them reach their full potential.  Since then, her nonprofit has provided free assistance to more than 25,000 families at 30 locations across the U.S. and Mexico.

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CNN Hero Nancy Gianni: A full life

For two adults with Down syndrome -- and their families -- Nancy's Gianni's program has been life-changing.

CNN Hero Nancy Gianni: A full life

For two adults with Down syndrome -- and their families -- Nancy's Gianni's program has been life-changing.