DeOndra Dixon, the 27-year-old sister of Academy Award winning actor and Grammy Award winning singer Jamie Foxx, will be honored as a Woman of Distinction at our upcoming 4th Annual A Pink Pump Affair.
A role model for young people everywhere, DeOndra was born in 1984, at a time when there were not many services available for children with Down syndrome – a condition that currently accounts for 1 in 691 live births in the United States. Despite this, she has built a remarkable life for herself that many would not have expected almost three decades ago. She has successfully balanced school and work, and is also an excellent athlete who has won Special Olympic medals in shot put, track and field, bowling, and soccer.
In 2010, DeOndra joined her famous brother on the Grammy stage for an unforgettable performance. That same year, she made her first trip to Washington D.C. and met with key policymakers to help bring attention to African Americans with Down syndrome. For her advocacy efforts, DeOndra received the first ever Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award for Self-Advocacy and is currently an Ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.
Special Needs Network is excited to recognize this incredible Woman of Distinction and bring attention to Down syndrome, a condition that despite its frequency, remains the least funded genetic condition by the National Institute of Health.
Check out this video below to learn more about Ms. DeOndra Dixon.