Derek Ross, a middle school student from Louisville, Ohio is obsessed with duct tape...No, seriously...He can make virtually anything out of it: purses, wallets and most importantly to the Duct4Downs project, bracelets.
He also has a passion for Down Syndrome. This might sound strange at first, but ever since Derek witnessed two of his peers getting made fun of over and over again at school, he knew he had to take a stand.
Derek decided to pair his love of duct tape and his passion for Down Syndrome to create Duct4Downs, a project that raises awareness for those affected by the genetic condition.
Along with his mentor and leadership teams, Derek has crafted braided duct tape bracelets that are being sold with a fact about Down Syndrome attached. When someone buys a bracelet, they get a little bit of education and they help a local organization at the same time.
All proceeds from bracelet sales go directly to The Upside of Downs (theupsideofdowns.org/), an organization providing support, education and advocacy for people with Down Syndrome, their families and communities throughout Northeast Ohio.
D4D sells bracelets at schools and other community events. Keep up with all things D4D on their Facebook page (fb.me/duct4downs).
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