Nicole Scherzinger Opens Up About Aunt With Down Syndrome
First Published: April 22, 2010 4:42 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Inspired by her aunt who has Down syndrome, Pussycat Doll and current “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Nicole Scherzinger has revealed she would like to start a musical camp for people with special needs.
During a visit to “Reality Cares Radio Hour” with Todd Michael Krim (founder of “Reality Cares”) on online’s LA’s Talk Radio, Nicole revealed she wants to be an advocate for people with Down syndrome.
“I grew up with my aunt who is actually younger than me because my grandmother had her at an older age and she has Down syndrome,” the “Dancing with the Stars” beauty discussed.
“My aunt with Down syndrome has always had a special place in my heart and is such a wonderful addition to our family, so when Todd asked me if I was passionate about any charities or causes, I immediately thought of her,” Nicole said.
The singer, who is currently riding high atop the leader board on “Dancing with the Stars,” said that in the future she wants to be a bigger advocate for people with Down syndrome.
“I want to bring awareness to how special people with Down syndrome [are],” Nicole said.
Nicole added that for a while, she has thought about starting a camp for people with special needs.
“I used to tell my girls in the Pussycat Dolls that I would have my own musical camp or school where I would teach people with special disabilities or Down syndrome,” she added.
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