DOWNright Worthy celebrates World Down Syndrome Day
6-year-old Worthy is taking the world by storm, one dance move at a time
ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) — All across the nation, people are marking World Down Syndrome Day, and what better way to celebrate than with a 6-year-old girl who is taking the world by storm, one dance move at a time.
Worthy Rigelsky is your typical 6-year-old. She likes a good snack, she recently lost a tooth and she loves to be around people. But there is something that makes her unique as well.
“She loves to dance. Always dancing,” said Sami Rigelsky, Worthy’s mother. “It definitely seems to be in her soul because she cannot help herself. If we are at a restaurant and there is background music or if we are in an elevator and there’s music, there is always some sort of move she is doing.”
Worthy may have had the moves all along. However, she didn’t share them with anyone until she moved to America.
“Worthy has been home for 2 years. She was adopted in July of 2014,” said Sami.
“With us she was very shy; she was very warm with us but passive. She would stare at you and look at you and then all of a sudden one day, music came on and she did a little shimmy and we were like, ‘oh you love to dance’ and that’s kind of been her thing since,” said Joe Rigelsky, Worthy’s father.
Along with catching the dancing bug at a young age, there is one more thing that makes Worthy unique.
“I always knew that I wanted a kid with Down syndrome,” said Sami.
Worthy and her brother, Gospel, were born with an extra copy of their 21st chromosome.
“With Worthy and Gospel, we made the choice. We knew going in that we are going to have these kiddos with Down syndrome, that is what we chose to do. But for many people they don’t choose that, it comes as a shock and for some people it’s devastating,” said Sami.
“They may not be the star athlete, they may not be strong in academics, they may poop their pants sometimes when they are older, whatever comes along with it, but I would say the bar is tipped in the direction of a lot of unconditional love and hope and joy,” said Joe.
“A Down syndrome diagnosis is a beautiful thing and I think the more people see they are more alike than they are different is a good thing, and the more joy and love she can spread, why not go for it in a dark world,” said Sami.
And in this sometimes cruel and dark world, Worthy has proven time and time again that joy and happiness are often the best medicine.
“I would just post on my own personal Facebook page random silly videos of her dancing and then everyone is asking for more videos,” said Sami.
So Sami decided to make Worthy her own Facebook page called DOWNright Worthy.
“We have teenage girls that care about every ‘like’ and every view, but they are like everything that goes up, she (Worthy) gets thousands of views,” said Joe.
“I was like yeah, that’s because she is being who she is. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, just be you,” said Sami.
Worthy may never grow to be average height or verbally communicate but Worthy’s parents say that’s what makes her unique and it makes the world a better place.
“They just brighten life up. You know what I mean,” said Joe.
“I can’t imagine life without her,” said Sami.
And as for Worthy, life is like a song. She is just learning to dance through the ups and downs because she knows she is downright worthy.
Worthy will be turning 7 in June and her parents said she has no plans of slowing down. If you would like to continue to follow Worthy on Facebook, just search “DOWNright Worthy” and like the page.