Nobody can ever stop you from having feelings for someone. We are always looking forward to hearing stories of love, no matter who it is from. This gives us hope that there is always someone out there meant to be the love of our lives. And it is sad to see a happy marriage end.
However, death is inevitable. So when the word spread that the record-breaking married couple with Down syndrome finally ended after 25 years of a happy and beautiful marriage, the world was heartbroken.
Paul Scharoan-DeForge, 58, passed away last month after his long battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Around 50% of individuals with Down syndrome will develop this disease.
Following his death, he left his widowed wife Kris, 59.
The couple was from Liverpool in New York. Their family and friends believe that Paul and Kris’ marriage was the longest between two people who both have genetic conditions. Paul and Kris were both born with Down Syndrome but their families refused to put them in institutions.
According to those who knew the couple, first time they laid eyes on each other, it was love at first sight. They met a dance organized for disabled people back in the 80s. They dated for a while until Kris proposed to Paul in 1988.
During her interview with Washington Post, she said, “He made me laugh… I looked into his eyes and saw my future, and that’s when I proposed to him… He said yes. ”
“What they did clear the path for other couples,” Paul’s mother, Lorraine, explained to The Buffalo News.
That would have been easy. However, many opposed their relationship. In fact, Paul and Kris waited 5 years to win the right to wed from the New York state officials. They were even forced to take tests regarding their sexual knowledge, their needs, and as well as their feelings, only to prove that they both were able to consent to the marriage. After they got married, they took each other’s names.
Kris’ elder sister, Susan, shared, “I saw them as individuals who should have the right to make that decision. The combination of the two names was just perfect. Our family was just so delighted to have Paul join us, and his family was delighted to have Kris join them.” Kris loved cooking for her husband and they both spend their time dancing in addition to spending time with their families.