This week, Grotto catches up with John and Mark, the founders of John’s Crazy Socks. John has Down syndrome, but he doesn’t let that stop him from running a business that he’s passionate about.
John: My name is John Cronin and he’s my partner, Mark, and he’s my dad. We are John’s Crazy Socks.
Mark: In the fall of 2016, John was going into his last year of school, and he was trying to figure out what am I going to do when school is over? But the choices are somewhat limited for people with differing abilities.
So you came and said what?
John: I want to sell crazy socks because, why socks? It’s fun, and it lets me be me.
Mark: We have a very simple mission: spreading happiness. So we’ve built it on four pillars. Inspiration and hope, giving back, socks you can love.
John: We have 1,900 different kinds of socks.
Mark: 1,900. And then the last color is we make it personal.
You have Down syndrome, right?
John: I do.
Mark: What do you say about that?
John: I have Down syndrome. Down syndrome never holds me back.
Mark: We want to show the world what’s possible when you give someone a chance.
You’re watching the Grotto Network, and we love the Grotto Network. We love their inspiring stories of what they show the world. Right, pal?
John: Right, Dad.