It was in the summer of 2016. Kia of Lansing was doing a move the metal madness sale. I was doing a live broadcast from 4-6pm on a Friday. When I got home from the morning show before the broadcast, my wife called me to tell me the results of a test she took. She was pregnant and this would tell us if it was a boy or a girl. The test also revealed we would have a daughter and she was 95 percent likely to have Down Syndrome. A long story short, we had been together 21 years and had given up hope it would happen. Now it did and it came with some complications.

I was very upset. Went to my parents and cried. Then went to Kia of Lansing. When I walked in, Kody Slaght saw me and recognized something was off. He pulled me aside and asked, "What's up?"

I said, "I just found out my daughter is probably going to have Down Syndrome."

He smiled like he knew something and said "my daughter has Down Syndrome! It's not going to be as bad as you think."

Kody really helped me that day. He has helped me since. Skip continues to help me out too.

For the last 2 years, Skip and his family have supported Kody and our families at Step Up for Down Syndrome. It's the walk around the MSU Campus in support of those with Down Syndrome in our area. Skip knows the many challenges a special needs parent faces.

It always makes my head hurt when people say "I hate his commercials!"

There are a number of reasons this makes me stabby.

#1. Everytime you hear or see a Kia commercial, that is money Skip is putting in to our LOCAL economy. He is a fierce supporter of local radio and tv because he knows it works.

#2. He has carved his name on the wall of Lansing. When you think of car guys in Lansing... He is one of the first that comes to mind BECAUSE of his commercials.

#3. If people "HATE" you. You are doing something right. If people don't like you, they just tune you out and you go away. If people hate you...  They may actually be doing you a service. There is no such thing as bad publicity.

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