Local Moms And Dads Get Matching Tattoos To Mark World Down Syndrome Day


A group of local moms and dads is marking World Down Syndrome Day in a unique and permanent way.

20 of them received matching tattoos of an arrow comprised of three chevrons.

The tattoo represents unity, courage and strength.

"An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch you into something great," says Stephanie Seguin, who heads up the local group the Chasing Hazel Foundation.

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day. 

Dayna Pitre is a mom of a four year old son with Down Syndrome and hopes the tattoo sparks some conversation.

"The tattoo is unity, courage and everything that he is. He is an amazing little child, and all that is awesome and so is the tattoo."

Seguin says the group of men and women have become like a family.

"I think that people who have kids or loved ones with Down Syndrome are so proud to have that life and opportunity, that even if you are not a tattoo person, you just want to shout it to the world so it is ok let me get this on my body permanently."


Jenny Gillis proudly shows up her new tattoo. March 21, 2018 (Photo by AM800's Teresinha Medeiros)

The effort of the matching tattoos started by a group of moms in the U.S several months ago and it has turned into a global movement.