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Centreville Girl to Model at Global Down Syndrome Gala Headlined by Aretha Franklin

Be Beautiful Be Yourself Gala and Fashion Show in Washington, D.C. will include seven-year-old Canela Bahamonde.

A local girl with Down Syndrome will model in a fashion show headlined by Aretha Franklin, to raise awareness about the chromosomal disorder affecting one in every 691 babies. 

Thirteen models from the DC metro area who have Down syndrome, including 7-year-old Canela Bahamonde, of Centreville, will participate in the Global Down Syndrome Foundation's Be Beautiful Be Yourself Gala and Fashion Show on May 8. 

Kyra Phillips of CNN, John Roberts of Fox News, and model Beverly Johnson will also attend. The Foundation plans to honor Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wa.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) at the gala. 

For more information on the event, visit www.globaldownsyndrome.org

Francisco May 09, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Canela did a great job and enjoyed the Gala and Fashion Show. She is a great self advocate. All that we know her admire her and also are inspired by her great energy and spirit. Good for you Canela!!!

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