Again, Kelle Hampton is such a gem, such a 10, such a woman. I think of different women who each best exemplify the many characteristics that define “woman” to me. When I think of true, strong, empathy and compassion, I think of Kelle. She is youthful and alive and soft in the fierce and strong way a perfect woman is. And the current reason she is one of my women crushes is this video.
Kelle’s daughter, Nella, has Down Syndrom and Kelle and her family are crusaders for DS research and advocacy. For Nella’s first birthday, Kelle and her team raised over $100,000 for the National Down Syndrome Society. They’re aiming for $200,000 for Nella’s second birthday and are damn close.
Watch the video, read Kelle’s blog (as if you won’t be convinced by the video), and then donate here. My broke, unemployed ass donated $20, so I’m sure you can scrounge up something.
I don’t think this fits the blog just because Kelle is sweet and the children are adorable (both true). This video shows what Kelle lives, and what I believe, and what this blog is about, and what is contained in the quote to the left, and what a woman is: Kelle sees possibility and love and good things in Nella beyond what the label of Down Syndrome predicts. Kelle works despite medical and societal prognoses, and the video shows that her hope is merited. I think she’s sees in Nella what a man’s world would not necessarily see. Kelle’s intuition and bravery and warmth beat back cynicism and even practicality. Get it, girl.