Angels in Disguise was founded by Mike and Penny Michalak after the birth of their daughter, Elena Rose. Elena was born with Down syndrome. Having grown up with an uncle with Down syndrome, Uncle Ray, Mike and Penny were overjoyed to have another Angel in their lives. Seeing the response of those around them and the awareness of the challenges still facing individuals with Down syndrome, Mike and Penny held a concert for Elena’s 1st birthday to celebrate her in a special way. This concert grew into a cause to “Celebrate the GIFT of Down Syndrome!”
Since founding Angels in Disguise, the Michalaks adopted four more children, three of whom have the gift of Down syndrome. You can read more about their son, Max, here.