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Williams is optimistic that Downhill Drive on the 5.5-acre property, from lot rents at the new park would low-density residential to high- be similar to those at West Acres, Jacob Circle density residential, to include where the average is about $560. mobile homes as a permitted use. “We want this to be a place TOM ROSS/STAFF The partnership has a contract to that’s going to attract young coupurchase the property fromGlide Star- ples with kids,” Williams said. “I Charlie Williams and the Williams Family Partnership, who own and manage the For more Dance LLC. from Saturday’s definitely want it to be a family West Acres Mobile Home Park, are pursuing development of a new mobile home park today Joel Reichenberger 8b. Therace siteresults is just of Copper place. That’s what we really push east of Elk River Road. Pictured are the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, left, and Find Pilot & pagenorth on Steamboat Pioneer Materials West Slope. 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Planned 5.5-acre mobile home park Westland Mobile Home Park concern that that could become between the city’s vision of retainversions The pair accepting congratthe came “whatwere torn down to make way for the norm for riverfront mobile ing mobile home residents and no application has des Bois, elite Although puffing, strous Glide sto-a new mixed-use development, home parks in Steamboat. The the current lack of vacant land to NICOLE MILLER/STAFF andforswapping beenand submitted a developfinishes, finwhen” ly the Coureur when COM thinking other to sprint toward the of .Riverwalk, mentulations permit, spokes-ODAY that did not go for- group wanted to provide security support that vision.” nership observes that a nearby youpartnership down Tracers eachsaid this collection man were Charlie Williams ward. Several of those mobile for the mobile home owners, PeaWilliams said the park would industrial park could provide jobs between skiers charging youngest TEAMBOAT as a small day’s line. homes were moved to the Pine sley said. • Sisfinish week ries that of thetheintent to move include some open space on a for some mobile home park resiish line cheered. was 32the two his older forward if Nthe zoning change Ridge Indian Reservation in “The park is mostly full hillside that extends into one cor- dents who would not have to true successthrillonlookers UMBER 6, and can come approached The event’s just those be obtained. 126, Jason Heid, 9, didn’t South Dakota and another was late this winter,” he said, partly ner of the property. He also antic- commute to those jobs. Williams beyond Justin, as Swank OLUME “I’d rather start (construction) relocated by the owner. evident because the lot rents of $400 to ipates creating a children’s area, said he hoped the park’s develophowever.of the • V100K brother, the speed as they end2013 this summer but if Inear can gethad, it through ing finishes, the 17, Jason Peasley, executive direc- $465 monthly are “pretty much in the park but doesn’t have spe- ment, together with West Acres, in with course Consider Beaufils that fast,” Williams said. tor of Yampa Valley Housing below market.” cific plans. could stimulate an extension of a March 15-kilometer and Fabi- and well as race Joel reichenberger/Staff race. said his organization they as Authority, He added thatthe he’s confident The application from the55-kilometer part- city The zone-change application bus route to the area. Swank to the finfinished Adam what once wide smiles, in the men’s 56.8 seconds. fought and near Colum- with symbolized County’s Matt Rossman en Beaufils this year Peak rather anyone made Routt Burgler and in 2 hours, 40 minutes no need. a favorish line, Hahn’s with Jonas race skithere was race such finish, at again lead pack off, winning the bine behind Turns out, sailing, greatdidn’t from the pack the traditional on the most difficult fast you pull away hold the chase That not far than at Peak Roadhouse was smooth to tries to ite.Sure, it matters how as it and ends Routt It on fast snow.hurdles. Justin Barbier Hahn’s of the village.couple of He managed as much ing feathe North Benjamin of the course. which begins course outskirts last 5K has a and we go, but not nearlygo. family’s he was up for eliminate all end year’s. you finish near the to rearranged from his “The year, than last way of climbing to see matters that — just to as the wanted said the the wom- home. 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Andrew, left, and Jenna Kleckler, right, read to their little brother, Lewis.

After the Klecklers were told their son Lewis had Down syndrome, the next step was finding how the news would fit into their lives.

evin Kleckler remembers well the doctor’s telephone call about his newborn son. The news being delivered on the other end of the line was not easy to hear because it confirmed his suspicions. Lewis has Down syndrome. “You hold it together on the telephone when you hear the news, just like anyone who gets told that they have cancer or they have something that’s terminal,” Kleckler said recently, recalling that August 2009 day. “You hold it together while you’re on the phone, and then quite

Stories and photos by Matt Stensland ■ Design by Vicky Ho honestly, you just fall apart afterward.” Kevin and his wife, Carrie, were devastated. But their feelings gradually turned to joy as they began to experience the unique opportunity of raising a child with Down syndrome. “I think it totally changes your outlook on life when you have a child with a disability because it changes your values,” Carrie said. “The things you thought were really important before are not so much.” Today, an increasing number of parents-to-be are faced with a tough, soul-

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The Klecklers are living what many would describe as the American dream. They have three children and a dog named Daisy. They take family trips every summer and think it’s important for their children to see more than their hometown of Hayden. Most recently, they went to San Diego and visited SeaWorld and Legoland. There might not be a white picket fence enclosing the backyard of their half-acre lot on the southern edge of Hayden, but Kevin has put his skills to use in other ways around the home. From the deck railings to a wooden and wrought-iron fence around the yard to a steel sculpture inspired by Carrie carrying their first child, Kevin continues to add personal touches to the home they built themselves. Kevin, a skilled tradesman who runs the Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center in Hayden, also built the home next door, where his parents live. The family is active in the Mission of Grace Baptist Church, where Carrie teaches Sunday school and runs the nursery while Kevin serves as a church elder. “Our faith is central to who we are,” Carrie said. “We made it our goal this year to read the New Testament together. We’re into the Book of Mark now.” Carrie used to be a special-education teacher at Hayden Valley Elementary School. During the school year, Kevin works 60-plus-hour weeks, which allows Carrie to stay home with the kids. For Kevin, the weekends are for relaxing, recharging for the coming week and spending time with family. On a recent Saturday, Kevin made grilled-cheese sandwiches while Lewis shouted out the names of animals in a book with his sister, Jenna, 6, and brother, Andrew, 9. Early into the pregnancies, all three Kleckler children were tested and found to be at a higher risk for Down syndrome. But all of Lewis’ ultrasounds were normal, offering no indication that anything was wrong. “It didn’t matter for us,” Kevin said. “God blessed us with a child and whatever.” Carrie chose not to travel to Denver for an amniocentesis, a procedure in which a needle collects fluid from the amniotic sac. Tests then

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Down syndrome. For example, 40 to 60 percent ter at about 3 p.m., and Lewis wanted out. He of infants with Down syndrome have a heart was born at 6:18 p.m. There was no time for an defect, according to the Down Syndrome Asso- epidural, and hospital staffers gathered to witciation. ness the rare delivery. He came out face up and chin first, which doctors said was the most diffiPeople with Down syndrome have a distinct cult way to deliver a baby. look often characterized by small ears, a round “It was quite exciting, actually,” Carrie said. face, a small mouth with a large tongue and almond-shaped eyes. They have trouble developDr. Ron Famiglietti first mentioned his susing muscle tone, and they are at greater risk for picion the day after Lewis was born. Lewis had leukemia, sleep apnea, celiac disease and diabetes. low muscle tone, a hallmark of Down syndrome. “They call them floppy Since the characterisbecause they don’t hold tics of Down syndrome themselves stiff like a norwere first described by mal baby,” Carrie said. Dr. John Langdon Down ou’re grieving the “That was the first thing in 1866, the choices parsomeone noticed that ents face have evolved treloss of a child that wasn’t quite right with mendously. In the beginyou thought you were him.” ning of the 20th century, close to 100,000 children Chromosomal testing going to have. You’re with Down syndrome were was recommended, and institutionalized. MacsoLewis’ blood was drawn grieving that you don’t vits said some parents were the following morning. told their children had died “That was when the have this perfect child at birth when in fact they reality of the situation hit that you had imagined. were taken to institutions. us, and we had a pretty somber trip home with “The popular philosoLewis that afternoon,” phy was there were speCarrie said. cial places for these special people ... and these places were deplorable,” Kevin received the test results five days after Macsovits said. Lewis was born. The conditions in which children with Down “It was definitely a shock,” Carrie said. “It’s syndrome lived led to a life expectancy of just nine not easy news to hear. Obviously, no one wants years. As recently as 1983, the average lifespan of a to hear something is wrong with their child, person with Down syndrome was 25 years. especially something that is going to be disabling their whole life.” Today, more than 400,000 people in the UnitKevin’s immediate concern was for Lewis’ ed States have Down syndrome, and the life long-term health. expectancy is about 60. One out of 691 babies has the condition. “What’s his life expectancy?” Kevin asked himself. “Who’s going to take care of him after we’re gone?” Getting the news Carrie had a different initial reaction. Lewis’ arrival into the world was quick and “My concern was more whether people would dramatic. accept him and love him for just the way he was,” she said. That day, the Kleckler family had been moving Andrew into his newly finished basement It took her about a week to absorb the news. bedroom to make room for Lewis. Kevin was She couldn’t help but feel like Lewis had been supposed to officiate a wedding that day but had cheated out of his potential because of an extra to pass off the script to someone else at the last chromosome. minute. “You’re grieving the loss of a child that you Carrie arrived at Yampa Valley Medical Centhought you were going to have,” Carrie said.


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Occupational therapist Carrie Thompson works with Lewis Kleckler on developing his core strength.

“You’re grieving that you don’t have this perfect child that you had imagined.” But the support came quickly, beginning with Carrie’s parents. “They reassured me right away that of course they were going to love him,” Carrie said. “They already did.” The family went to church the next week and shared the news with the congregation. “Everybody just rallied around us,” Carrie said. “It’s not only amazing how people have accepted him, but they love him. They adore him.” The Klecklers then reached out to the Down Syndrome Association, and Carrie received counseling from a Denver parent who also had a child with Down syndrome. Lewis, now 3 1/2, has been an otherwise healthy boy. He has a small hole in his heart that is monitored by a cardiologist who comes to Steamboat monthly, but Carrie said surgery likely won’t be necessary. “We’re really fortunate that he’s very healthy,” Carrie said.

Celebrating the little things It’s difficult and stressful for many parents to keep up with a child going through the terrible twos. For Lewis, who didn’t start walking until he was 2, the terrible twos only now are under way. “He’s pushing buttons on the TV,

on the printer, flipping light switches and taking his shoes and socks off all the time,” Carrie said. “That’s all good. That’s all normal development. It’s just delayed, and every stage kind of lasts longer with him.” Every one of Lewis’ accomplishments has been a big deal, and they’re celebrated by the whole family. The occasions range from his first tooth to the first time he could be given a sandwich and not end up throwing it. “Now, when he puts two words together, we get really excited,” said Carrie. Moments later, Lewis asked for “music, please.” Lewis can vocalize many of his favorite things, like his favorite book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” He recently recited the entire book while riding in the car. Lewis also likes visiting Grandpa next door. When Lewis wants to go, he says “Pappy house.” Lewis’ speech development has been helped by working with speech therapists. Starting the day he was born, resources were made available to help Lewis through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Until Lewis turned 3, the Klecklers took advantage of the $436 million federal program administered by states that aims to make sure children are ready for preschool and kindergarten. When Lewis was just 3 months old, for example, an occupational therapist with Horizons Specialized Services started coming to

Down syndrome facts ■ Down syndrome is named after the British doctor John Langdon Down, who was the first to describe characteristics of people with Down syndrome in 1866. ■ Down syndrome, or Trisomy 21, is a condition whereby there are three copies of the 21st chromosome instead of two. ■ It is one of the leading clinical causes of cognitive delay in the world — it is not related to race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status. ■ Its probability increases with advanced age in mothers; however, 80 percent of those with Down syndrome are born to mothers younger than 35. ■ Despite its frequency, Down syndrome is the least funded of the conditions serviced by the National Institutes of Health receiving about $17 million out of a total $28 billion budget. ■ Children with Down syndrome can read and are gifted visual learners. They have a predisposition to specific learning strengths and challenges that are not currently addressed in practice in special education. ■ It is extremely rare for a person with Down syndrome to develop a hard tumor cancer, to have a heart attack or to suffer a stroke. Source: Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome

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Carrie Kleckler picks up Lewis from preschool.

Rocky Mountain resources for parents The Denver-based Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association offers support, information and referral services to more than 3,000 callers each year. It was founded in 1981 by a group of parents in Boulder who came to realize there were no services, programs or support available for parents of children with Down syndrome. After her son Lewis Kleckler was diagnosed, Hayden resident Carrie Kleckler reached out to the association, which put her in contact with a Denver mother. “She called to just talk to us and answer any questions, and that was reassuring to just talk to someone else that had been through what we were going through,” Kleckler said. Officials at the association realized they lacked a support group in Northwest Colorado, and Kleckler volunteered to be the facilitator in the area. Families involved in the support group from Hayden, Craig, Steamboat Springs and Kremmling have gotten together for the past three summers for a barbecue. An expert has come up for a daylong clinic, and Kleckler worked with Horizons Specialized Services to organize a training on the use of iPads for people with disabilities. She now is helping to organize a workshop that will focus on financial planning for people with disabilities. Kleckler, who has become more involved with the association, was trained to be one of the parents who calls other parents who are just learning about their child’s diagnosis. Kleckler counseled a parent 1 1/2 years ago and met them in person in February. “I was really glad to be able to do that,” she said. For more information about the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association, visit www.rmdsa.org.

Paraprofessional Becca Remington helps Lewis Kleckler during preschool.

the Kleckler home once per week to work with Lewis is in the midst of a phase where he likes him. to throw things at his older brother. In September, Lewis started attending pre“He does not like the word ‘no,’” Andrew school for free. He goes two mornings each said. week and spends much of his time in a normal The Klecklers said their experience of havclassroom, but he also gets specialized attening a child with Down syndrome has been overtion from occupational and speech therapists whelmingly positive, and it has made them a working for the Northwest Colorado Board of better family. Carrie points to studies that have Cooperative Educational Services. shown that siblings of children with disabilities “He’s progressed quicker than I anticipatare more compassionate. ed,” said Tami Hotchkiss, “I think it’s already the Lewis’ teacher. case,” Carrie said while In addition to the therlooking at Andrew. e’re hoping that apy services, Hotchkiss For the Klecklers, intelsaid Lewis benefits from ligence and achievement he’ll be able to the social environment of have different meanings being around other chilnow. work, have a job, have dren, and Lewis is learn“It’s more important ing from his peers. that they are kind to peorelationships and be “They’re really enjoyple,” she said. “That they as independent as he ing having him in the can be compassionate.” classroom,” Hotchkiss She thinks parents who possibly can. It’s just said. “They really enjoy choose to terminate Down spending time with him syndrome pregnancies are things we can’t know and making sure he’s a missing out. part of the classroom.” “It’s sad to me that peountil we get there. Carrie thinks Lewis’ ple make that choice.” speech will continue to Kevin said having Lewis improve, and he will be has exposed them to a difplaced in a normal elementary school classferent community of people, including other area room, potentially with a paraprofessional to families who have children with Down syndrome. offer some individual help. “Our lives are so much richer,” Kevin said. “Our goal is for him to be as independent and fully functional as possible,” Carrie said. Looking to the future Long term, the Klecklers wonder what Efforts are under way by scientists to treat Lewis’ life will be like. people with Down syndrome in order to increase “We’re hoping that he’ll be able to work, their cognitive abilities. In November, scientists have a job, have relationships and be as indeat the University of Washington announced they pendent as he possibly can,” Carrie said “It’s had removed the extra copy of Chromosome 21 just things we can’t know until we get there.” in cell cultures derived from a person with Down syndrome. The discovery could lead to treatA unique opportunity ments for many of the medical conditions people When it came time to explain Lewis’ condiwith Down syndrome face. Cutting-edge research tion to their other children, the Klecklers kept also is taking place at the Linda Crnic Institute it simple and said it was going to be harder for at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz MediLewis to learn things. cal Campus in Denver. Andrew has been busy being the big brother. While the Klecklers are open to the poten“It’s just different,” Andrew said. “It’s more tial medical benefits, they cannot imagine Lewis fun. I don’t really know how to explain it.” any other way. Andrew likes to read to Lewis and teach him “He wouldn’t be who he is without Down new things. And there’s plenty of horseplay. syndrome,” Carrie said. “That’s who he is.” ■

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Above: Elijah Stevenson plays with his sons, Connor, left, and Emmett, who has Down syndrome. Top right: Emmett has been learning to ski at Howelsen Hill. Center right: Kristin and Elijah Stevenson chose to permanently move to Steamboat Springs because they thought it would be a good place to raise their sons. Bottom right: Connor and Emmett show off their dance moves.

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ith studies showing an increasing number of expectant parents deciding to abort after learning their unborn child has Down syndrome, Kristin and Elijah Stevenson figured they better weigh their options 22 weeks into their second pregnancy. The Stevensons have been living off and on in Steamboat Springs for 11 years. At that particular time, however, they were living in San Diego and raising their son Connor, now 6. After an ultrasound, the couple learned there was a 25 percent chance their unborn child had Down syndrome. Kristin was shocked by what the perinatologist told her next. “This puts you at a 1 in 4 chance, so this is probably about the time you might want to think about aborting,” she recalled the doctor saying. “The thing with Down syndrome is they probably won’t amount to anything at all. Are you ready for that? Is your marriage strong enough to handle that?” She felt she was being encouraged to terminate her pregnancy based on state-

ments she later learned weren’t accurate. As executive director of the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association, Mac Macsovits has heard many similar stories. He said there is a lack of education about Down syndrome, even among some medical professionals. “They’re not Down syndrome specialists,” Macsovits said. Dr. Mary Bowman, with Yampa Valley OB/GYN, was shocked and saddened to hear about Kristin’s bad experience in San Diego. Such experiences do not happen in her office, Bowman said, and she questioned how common they are among medical professionals. “It’s a very personal decision, and the mothers need to be supported in that,” Bowman said. The Stevensons took seriously the gravity of their decision. “A lot of soul searching and a lot of research,” Kristin, who co-owns Steamboat Pilates, Yoga & Fitness, said about the process. She called the Down Syndrome Association, which put her in contact with families who have children with Down

syndrome. The couple also talked to friends, one of whom had a 2-year-old son with the condition. “He looked at us and said, ‘Don’t you even think about aborting; this has been the most amazing experience of our life,’” Kristin recalled. The Stevensons later met the couple and their son, Jacob, at a playground. “I just remembered I have never seen that much love in a parent’s eyes like that,” Kristin said. Elijah said he felt like there was a lack of support available for making the decision. “That’s where I struggled,” said Elijah, who is transitioning out of the U.S. Marines, where he has been a helicopter pilot. He recently returned from a sixmonth tour in Afghanistan. The Down Syndrome Association makes it a policy not to steer a family in either decision. “That is a very private decision,” Macsovits said. After weighing their choices for four of five days, the Stevensons decided to keep their “chromosomally enhanced” child,

whom they named Emmett. He’s now 3, and his parents acknowledge it has been hard at times. Emmett had to have multiple surgeries to address a problem with his colon. He had three small holes in his heart, and he has undergone extensive speech therapy. Kristin is concerned about Emmett’s progression through school. But the Stevensons have no regrets. Kristin said people often ask them what the experience has been like. “The word that always comes up is ‘magical,’” she said. “It’s the only word I can think of that really resonates.” Emmett, like many children with Down syndrome, has specks in his eyes called Brushfield spots that look like tiny diamonds. “When you’re getting all uptight and upset, he will have a way of looking at me so calmly and so lovingly that it just cuts through,” Kristin said. “He has a way with one glance, and it’s magical.” Kristin described Emmett as genuinely and deeply content, and he rarely cries. “They have to work for it a little harder,” Kristin said. “It does build a certain characteristic in a person.” ■

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