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Proposed C.A.R.E. Center Visionaries Speak Out on World Downs Syndrome Day

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Rene and Clay wear colorful socks to observe World Downs Syndrome Day on March 21
and invite all interested persons to a Vision Meeting at Sulphur Springs City Hall on Monday March 25, 2019 starting at 5:30pm where their vision for a C.A.R.E. Center will be revealed.

Rene Aguilar and Clay Pirtle each came to be caretakers of special needs family members through different paths. Clay and his wife were informed that their unborn child was Downs Syndrome-affected, and elected to give birth to and raise their child. Emma is now 3 years old, and Clay is her full-time caregiver. Rene became the daily caregiver of her niece Kandi Redding about 15 years ago, and “Chickie”, as Kandie is known by her friends, is now almost 40 years old and affected by numerous disabilities. Both Rene and Clay are caregivers out of love, and because there are insufficient resources for their special-needs loved ones in Hopkins County and in the immediate. According to both Clay and Rene, their two examples alone demonstrate the wide range of age, diagnosis and level of disability that exist in the special needs/disability communities in rural towns, and the lack of proper resources for the families of these individuals who reside there.

Rene Aguilar and Clay Pirtle first met in 2019 and began their vision for the C.A.R.E. (Community*Ability*Recreation*Energy) Center


A benefit fundraiser for the proposed C.A.R.E. Center is planned on April 6 at Backstory Brewery from 6-10pm. There will be food, a concert, a Spring Style Show and an Art Auction featuring works by local disabled student and adult artists. Moneys brought in by this fundraiser and future ones will go toward plans for the proposed C.A.R.E. Center, a facility which will be dedicated to providing innovative, inclusive programs and community partnerships, to serve individuals with any level of disability across the spectrum of human needs. To find out more about this vision, please attend the Vision Meeting on Monday March 25 at 5:30pm at Sulphur Springs City Hall, or go to C.A.R.E. Center on facebook. Or you may call Rene at 903-348-1022 or Clay at 903-243-1614, or write to Vision, P.O. Box 2116, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482.

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Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of ksstradio.com.

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