Delafield girl to model in Global Down Syndrome Foundation fashion show

CREATED May 1, 2014

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DELAFIELD -- A remarkable Delafield girl with Down Syndrome will be gracing the catwalk next to celebrities and members of congress. She was chosen to model in the Global Down Syndrome Foundation fashion show in Washington D.C.  

Kelly Lyons has a unique story. She has Down Syndrome. She battled leukemia, and had open heart surgery. None of that slowed her down. She’s now a model!

"I was practicing my walking. I was using my feet to tap," Kelly said.  

"This is really bigger than things we've done before,” explains her mom Robbin Lyons. “She's never done anything like this. But she loves fashion and she's quite the girly girl."  

The event isn't just about glamour - it's also about giving back. The foundation funds Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease research.  

“What's really important to know is that we have Alzheimer’s in both sides of our family. Kelly's grandfather is battling Alzheimer’s right now," Robbin said.   

Kelly will be walking for a good cause. While she has plenty of star-power, she’ll have a special partner on the catwalk.  

"She will have either a celebrity or one of the congressmen walk her. Each person with Down Syndrome is escorted by somebody famous," adds Robbin.  

Kelly will be walking alongside other models with Down Syndrome during the fashion show.