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We teamed up with celebrities Kristoffer Polaha and David DeSanctis to bring you two days of events to help bring awareness of Down syndrome to Northern Nevada.


They starred in a movie together about a friendship that was formed between two men, one of whom has Down syndrome (David). Sometimes life imitates art, as is the case with Kristoffer and David.  The two of them bonded during the filming of the movie and have become lifelong friends.

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Kristoffer Polaha

Born and raised in Reno,  Kristoffer is an actor, director and author, known for his many tv and movie roles.  His recent projects include "Buried in Barstow", "Jurassic World Dominion", and "Wonder Woman 1984".  He is also considered the "Leading Man of Hallmark" with over a dozen Hallmark movies and TV shows under his belt. Polaha's short film "A Work of Art" recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and his second book  in his "To Kona With Love" series, "Where the Sun Rises," comes out October 11th. Kristoffer is proud to work with a number of charities including World Vision and The Jensen Project.


David DeSanctis

David is an actor and advocate best known for the movies "Where Hope Grows" and "Color my World With Love". DeSanctis is an inspirational speaker for non-profits and special needs groups around the country, sharing his personal journey of living with Down Syndrome. He is presently working part time for National Down Syndrome Society as their Public Relations Outreach Associate. DeSanctis has been involved in the Best Buddies Program since 2009, and served on the Kentucky Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities from 2016-2021.