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GiGi's Playhouse founder Nancy Gianni named 2016 CNN Hero

Post Date:06/16/2016 3:49 PM

GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center is pleased to share that GiGi's founder Nancy Gianni has been awarded the prestigious honor of a 2016 CNN Hero. Congratulations Nancy and GiGi's, for hard work recognized!  

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Segments of Nancy's story are tentatively scheduled to air LIVE on CNN and its family of networks in the next several days, subject to breaking news and other ongoing stories.

About GiGi's: 

The first GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center opened twelve years ago in Hoffman Estates. The center is available to all, where families and the community learn about and celebrate the diagnosis of Down syndrome and benefit from free therapeutic, educational and career training programs.

Today there are 31 free-standing Playhouses throughout the United States and Mexico serving more than 25,000 participants and families. Programs are offered 100% free to all families so that cost will never be a barrier to achievement and acceptance. In addition to being a community fixture, GiGi's has expanded programs in Hoffman Estates to include GiGi's University and the popular Hugs and Mugs shop. 

Information courtesy of GiGi's Playhouse.

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