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Amazing Annie
Annie's Picture from Parents Magazine
Annie's Picture from Parents Magazine
Amazing Annie

My name is John Clancy, and my sister, Annie, has Down syndrome. Annie is 14 years old, and will be starting high school this year. She is fully included in the classroom, listens to High School Musical CDs, and loves making new friends. So what makes her different from any other 14 year old girl? It's her exuberance, her joy and her love. Annie has fought through so much in her young life to get to where she is today, but remains the happiest, most positive person I know. Even when she is having a bad day, a hug from her big brother is all she needs to turn it around. The room seems to light up when she walks in, and she knows and loves that she's the center of attention. Annie's love of life itself helps me see things in a more positive light. And she is eager to share this love. For example, whenever anyone at home is sick "Nurse Annie" rushes to the rescue. She loves to cheer people up, and her energy seems to be everlasting. Throughout the house you can often hear Annie signing along to her favorite songs, including "Build Me Up Buttercup" and "Livin On A Prayer", for hours at a time. Anyone who knows someone with Down syndrome understands the struggles that come with it, but then they also understand all of the good things. Annie has been able to accomplish so much and inspire so many people in just 14 years. Parents Magazine published a two page story about Annie's upbringing two years ago. Facts including that Annie's birthplace is Singapore and that she's a TV star make her story all the more interesting. TV star? Well, not exactly, but she was featured in a Nickelodeon PSA about kids with Down syndrome and inclusion. Nickelodeon brought big TV cameras to the house and spent a whole day filming Annie. That's not everything though (I don't have enough space to tell you everything!), more recently Annie's artwork was featured on NDSS donation cards which she helped sell at the 2009 NDSS Women's Luncheon. These colorful cards will not only raise money for NDSS, but spread awareness of the beauty that comes with Down syndrome. Annie has done so much already with her life, and my family and I are eager to see what she can do next. Her joy and smile touch everyone she meets, and I'm lucky enough to see her everyday. My Great Story is that my little sister has made me a happier and better person, and I know the world is a better place because of Annie.

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Tala Hussein, United Arab Emirates,
11/12/2015 11:46:18 AM
God bless you all. Annie is truly an inspiration. Love from Dubai <3

Bobbie Chapman, United States, CT
10/19/2013 7:41:15 AM
God's perfect love is reflected in folks with Downs Syndrome as they love without question or condition.

Jane Donovan, United States, MA
4/7/2013 10:34:38 AM
We love and miss Annie! Our girls shared so many fun times with Annie when we lived in CT. They were in school together, went to dance classes and recitals, and had many playdates and adventures! Annie has a wonderful disposition and an infectious smile! She was always so polite and had something nice to say every time we were together. She also has a wonderful family! Thank you, John, for sharing this story and getting us caught up on what's been happening since we moved. Come visit us on the Cape, Annie!!

Patty Nugent, United States, NJ
4/7/2013 8:03:45 AM
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Amazing Annie and this fabulous story told by her wonderful brother, John!!! Annie sparkles in this as she does in real life. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us.

Katie Novotny, United States, CT
4/6/2013 8:00:44 PM
Annie and John and all the Clancy's, Thank you for being such and inspiration in our life. Annie thanks for being such a good friend to Lea. We love you all very much but you Annie are our special star. Katie

Lea Novotny, United States, CT
4/6/2013 7:56:47 PM
I loved it soooooo much that it made me emotional and brought tears to my eyes. I LOVE U ANNIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary Pierson, United States, CT
3/24/2013 3:34:31 PM
Great story, john, thanks for sharing! you are so right, Annie is such a friendly person, when she arrives at a get together, she quickly "works the room" and immediately sets an open and friendly tone to any affair! It's a pleasure to be with her.

Coleman Clancy, United States, CT
3/21/2013 9:07:00 PM
Love you both so much! I am so proud of you Annie :)

Susan Penski, United States, FL
3/21/2013 4:30:01 PM
John you are an incredible big brother to a special girl. You are an inspiration yourself.

Diane, United States, CO
3/21/2013 4:08:09 PM
Thank you for sharing your story. That made me happy!

Terrence Clancy, United States, CT
3/21/2013 10:05:31 AM
My favorite Story by a mile!

Janine Suboch, Canada ,
1/31/2012 3:08:35 PM
It is good to have someone in your life who brings you joy, compassion, and consistently makes you a better person. Hurray!

Krista Shugart, Canada ,
12/11/2011 7:41:37 PM

Ian Jones, Canada,
12/10/2011 5:43:36 PM
"Well done John. God is Love....but you and Annie are a close second.. God Bless."

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