Dear Mom, Conference | UTAH

November 3rd, 2018

Saturday | 8:00AM-6:00PM

Shade Home & Garden   | Orem, UT

Our second  Dear Mom, Conference is here! We've been so excited planning our next event in Utah and registration is now open!

Read more about the fall conference at the button below or scroll down the page.


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The Lucky Few Podcast


The Lucky Few Podcast with Heather Avis, Micha Boyett, and Mercedes Lara began in March of 2018 podcasting stories, interviews, and advocacy for Down Syndrome. They engage the most relevant and controversial topics in the space today to the tune of thousands of listeners per month.

Alan & Nikki Lawrence


Alan and Nikki Lawrence, the family behind That Dad Blog and Wil Can Fly, took the nation by storm with Alan's creative photography and unique angle for advocacy. They have toured the nation meeting other families and sharing their story with incredible passion and commitment.

Oakley Peterson


Oakley Peterson is a dedicated, loving, mom boss founder of Nothing Down About It. A blog that documents the real-life circus of her family, showing the wild crazy ride through all of the highs and all of the bumps in the road.

Terry Brown


Terry Brown, founder of So Happy To Learn, was named Down Syndrome Association of Orange County's 2001 Educator of the Year. Terry Brown, affectionately know as “Mrs. Brown” by her many learners, has a passion and a gift for teaching individuals with Down syndrome.



Dear Mom,

Raising a child with Down Syndrome, we want to know you. Because, we are you. We invite you Dear Mom, to embark on this journey with us. To pave new paths for seeking hope, finding your voice, and leaving your fears behind.


Join us in Orem, UT

Hosted at Shade Home & Garden


This year Marriott has offered us a special Dear Mom, rate to a limited block of rooms. Click above to read about the accommodations and book now!

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Why Dear Mom,

As mother's raising children with Down Syndrome, we've discovered through  community and vulnerability that we can thrive if we work together.  We are all accustomed to the endless late night google searches, specialists appointments, and therapies. Thankfully, beyond those resources, we've found this wonderful secret that gives us strength when we share our stories and experiences, one mother to the next. 

Hosted by moms just like you, Mercedes Lara and Amy Amaradio, are excited to meet you, offer some space, and insight in hopes to create a bright and beautiful future for our children with Down Syndrome. 


Dear Mom, Letters

Many of our brave and courageous mothers have a special message just for you.



Financially Support Dear mom,

Dear Mom, is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization committed to providing spaces, events, and resources for inspiration, rest, and community development for families and friends raising a person with Down Syndrome.

In addition to the annual conferences, we offer opportunities for moms and families to gather in hopes to link arms with each other on this challenging, but rewarding, journey we all share. This ongoing effort requires the support from our sponsors and conference ticket sales, but YOU (Yes mom, you and your family) can play a part by offering a one-time donation or by giving automatically each month.

We are so thankful for the amazing community support we have been given along the way. Now, you can truly play a tangible role in helping us to continue our effort by financially partnering with us today. We hope you would consider this incredible opportunity.






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