WATERTOWN, Wis. (CBS 58) – March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day, a global day dedicated to raising awareness about Down syndrome and sharing the contributions of people with Down syndrome. CBS 58 is telling the story of a young Wisconsin businessman with Down syndrome who is running his own successful business.
“It’s not about disability, it’s about ability and that’s what World Down Syndrome Day is all about,” said John Jagler of Watertown.
John is Grace Jagler’s father. At just 25 years old, she is already a successful businesswoman. She runs Gracie’s Doggie Delights. They’re freeze-dried natural dog food that she sells online around the country and at local pet stores, grocery stores, and veterinary offices.
Jagler said: “It’s great to see someone working for something pure, she works so hard. She loves her job and she works hard every day.”
The inspiration behind Grace’s business is her beloved dogs Zoe, Liam, and Frodo.
After finishing school, Jagler said he and his wife had a hard time finding a job that their daughter would really enjoy. They started brainstorming and that’s when Gracie’s Doggie Delights came to mind. They partner with their local butcher who makes the snack.
“It became something incredible and life changing for the whole family,” Jagler said.
Grace does it all, from packaging to labeling and stocking her dishes. She also sells other dog-friendly products. It is a labor of love that she develops.
“What drives her to be searching on Facebook or her email inbox when people send in photos of her dog clients,” says Jagler.
The company just celebrated its six-year anniversary and has already made a huge splash across the country and even internationally.
Grace is an inspiration to those around her and those who know her story.
On World Down Syndrome Day, which is also her birthday, Jagdish wants to share this message with others:
“Down syndrome shouldn’t hold us back. It shouldn’t hold you back. There’s hope. This is a great time for these young people and these disabled people to survive now. More services are available. , more focused on education, more focused on health. Embrace it, thrive. Hire people with disabilities. Gracie has shown everyone that she deserves it and that people like her deserve it. opportunity to come work and try to grow and become an important part of the business.”