One Georgia mom was in for the surprise of her life when she got a call from OshKosh B’Gosh. They were running a campaign to spread awareness about children with disabilities and they wanted her son, who has Down syndrome, to be part of the positive campaign.
27-year-old Meagan Nash from Buford, Georgia was overwhelmed that her little 15-month-old son had been chosen. Although she had submitted images of the boy back in July, the agency representing OshKosh told her they didn’t want babies with special needs.
But after the photo of the 15-month-old went viral, they reconsidered their position. And OshKosh reached out to Nash with an offer she couldn’t refuse that will change her son’s future forever…
Just recently, Meagan and her son Asher met with the CEO of Carter’s, Michael D. Casey, as well as other company executives to discuss the opportunity. OshKosh is a subsidiary of Carter’s.
The company didn’t just want to use Asher’s image in an ad, they wanted him to be featured in an upcoming holiday photoshoot that will be run on their website, as well as other digital channels.
“I’m still trying to process what happened, but I’m so happy with the outcome,” Nash told FoxNews.com. “They didn’t have to pick Asher. The point was for them to start using and including people with disabilities.”
When Nash met with the executives, she was candid about the challenges of raising a son with disabilities. But Asher was all smiles when he met the influential business people.
“He’s just so happy when he’s around people; he loves the attention,” Nash said. “They saw that firsthand. When he walked into the meeting, both hands were up and waving, and by the end he was blowing kisses and didn’t want to leave. It was nice of them to see what I’ve been saying about Asher.”
When they were just 12 weeks into their pregnancy, Nash and her husband, David, 31, found out Asher would have Down syndrome. It was her second pregnancy. And now Asher’s 8-year-old sister Addison is his best friend.
Addison even recruited her classmates to wear blue and yellow in honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month this past October, Nash reported with pride.
“We didn’t know what do think, what to do,” Nash recalled of learning their son’s diagnosis.
Since giving birth, she now understands a lot more about raising a child with special needs and how they aren’t too different.
“If I knew what I know now before he was born, I wouldn’t have researched a thing,” she said. “I tell people all the time— he’s just a baby.”
Asher and his mom are excited about the photoshoot. Beyond the holiday shoot, Asher was called back in to participate in a casting call and photoshoot in March.
“We’re probably going to frame [the photos],” she said. “We are very happy. People look at people with disabilities differently, and the goal is to see them the same as everybody else.”
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