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.