While you may not recognize John McGinley’s name right off the bat, you’re sure to know his face. With more than 50 impressive movies to his credit including Platoon, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July, Seven, Any Given Sunday and more, he’s quite an accomplished actor. But his latest and most favorite project to date is his role as the quirky Dr. Perry Cox on NBC’s Emmy-award winning comedy Scrubs.
In real life, it’s the leadership role of Dad to son, Max, born with Down syndrome, that McGinley takes most seriously. “I’m just completely in love with Max,” he says. “He just completely redefines my universe. He’s just a stunningly beautiful little boy.”
When Max was born, McGinley says he immediately hit the books to learn everything he could about Down syndrome, and his expertise today is remarkable. He’s an active advocate for Max, working to give him opportunities to help him develop and acquire the mental and physical skills that he needs. “The learning curve is through the roof on picking up on all this kind of stuff,” says McGinley.
Max does a variety of therapeutic activities every week including horse back riding, gymnastics, trampoline work and much more. McGinley says that trampoline therapy, for example, helps develop Max’s connective tissues and adjusts him to “banging movements” with which Down syndrome children often have difficulty. “It’s phenomenal,” he says. “He loves to jump. Plus, it’s tons of fun.”
SO many children are effected by Down Syndrome today, we have to do our part to support research and spread awareness!
The Facts About Down Syndrome
According to the National Down Syndrome Society:
- One in every 800 to 1000 babies is born with Down syndrome.
- There are more than 350,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.
- Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring genetic disorder.
- At age 30, a woman has a one in 900 chance of having a child with Down syndrome. By age 40, the likelihood increases to one in 100.
Then on February 3rd 2008, Actor John C. McGinley, 48, and his wife Nichole, an ashtanga yoga teacher and birthing doula, have welcomed their first child together, a daughter. Billie Grace McGinley. Weighing in at 8 lbs and 21 inches long, Billie was delivered in a birthing tub by Nichole, with the assistance of a midwife, in their Malibu, CA home.
The Sama team supports natural birth and the doula community!
We really enjoy all the beautiful, fun and educational items in our gift bag. Thank you for remembering my birthday and showing me all these cute things!
XO Billie Grace McGinley