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Andrew’s Passion for Fitness and Helping Others


Andrew is an intelligent, friendly and caring man that also happens to have Down Syndrome. He doesn’t allow his diagnosis to define him, preferring instead to be known for being a great friend, son, teammate, and all-around great person.

He is passionate about two things – physical fitness and helping others.

Since coming to Easter Seals adult day program in Northfield in 2007, Andrew has been diligently working on becoming physically fit, approaching his goal with determination and energy.

First, he changed his diet by making healthy food choices and brings a healthy salad for lunch at least four days a week.  He also participated in the very first Be Well! & Thrive! Health & Wellness Program offered by Easter Seals at his site.  Secondly, Andrew joined a gym where he works out two days a week at minimum. He has lost ten pounds and feels better than ever! Andrew is committed to living a healthy lifestyle and is an inspiration to anyone with a goal of improving their health.

He also happens to be is one of the most helpful individuals at Easter Seals and takes great pride in that.  He will not hesitate to help anyone that needs it and enjoys assisting others whenever he can, both at the day program and at home with his family. “I believe his strong sense of loyalty and family comes from his upbringing,” says Easter Seals staff member, Janet, who works closely with Andrew.  When asked why he enjoys helping others so much, Andrew shrugged and said, “I just do,” with a big smile.

Andrew develops lasting and meaningful friendships wherever he goes and he looks forward to gaining enough independence to live in an apartment with his best friend someday.

Easter Seals NJ’s day programs enable adults with all types of developmental disabilities to socialize and build relationships, explore their local community, engage in volunteering efforts, and learn the various skills needed to achieve their personal goals.

Learn more about our Adult Day Programs  (link to http://www.easterseals.com/nj/our-programs/adult-services/adult-day-training-services.html)

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