Kris Scharoun-DeForge, 58, and Paul Scharoun-DeForge, 54, have been married for 25 years. Although this is quite an achievement for many people, both had an extra chance to beat. Kris and Paul were both born with Down syndrome. Despite their challenges, they met 30 years ago and fell in love.
Now they are said to be the tallest couple with Down’s syndrome. When they met during the dance, they both say it was love at first sight. Kris said she looked straight into his eyes and saw the future. When they got married, they decided to define their last name together. How sweet is that?
Kris likes to make things with paper. For Valentine’s Day, she turns Paul into a beautiful Valentine’s Day card. They always go out to dinner in a restaurant they both love, usually Red Lobster. They had a lot to celebrate on Valentine’s Day in 2018! In a few months they would celebrate their 25-year wedding anniversary.
Paul is diagnosed with early dementia, a disease that affects many people with Down’s syndrome. Paul has moved to a community center with an intensive nursing ward to help him. Fortunately their parents have always stood by their side.
If Paul lives in a community residence, their families help Kris to be with him and make decisions that each spouse would make for her husband.
When they got married, many people disagreed with their decision. Some people did not believe that two people with Down’s syndrome could get married and stay married.
Despite all expectations, they knew that they belonged together and could have a successful marriage.
Paul’s mother remembers when he was born and the doctors told her not to expect much from him when he grew up. He really proved those doctors wrong. Not only does he have a successful marriage, but he has worked for many years and even received a Person of the Year award from The Arc. The Arc is a national community organization that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
It is easy to see that Paul and Kris have unconditional love and we wish them all the best! Do you love this kind of heart-warming story? Do you have a similar story to share? If you liked this article, share it with your friends and family!