There is so much to say about a person who has impacted me in my life in more ways that I can describe. I consider myself to be the luckiest sister in the world. I could not imagine my life without my beautiful brother. He is my best friend and my inspiration. I learn so much from him on a daily basis such as unconditional love, determination, kindness, patience, etc. I feel so blessed to have Michael in my life. He has such a pure heart, and I consider him the greatest blessing that I have ever received. He is my hero! My older brother Michael is 27 years old and was born with Down syndrome. He is the sweetest, most loving, happiest, funniest and determined young man that I have ever met. Michael’s smile can light up any room that he walks into. He also loves to be the center of attention and loves to talk to anyone that comes his way. In addition, my brother loves going to church every week and is a deacon at our church. But more than his beautiful personality, his determination is one thing that never gets in the way when it comes to accomplishing his goals and dreams. Since Michael was a child, he has always been the one person who always tried to prove to others that he can accomplish anything that he puts his mind to. That has not changed as he got older. After high school, Michael went to a program were they taught him life skills. He was in this program at the age of 18-21 years old. His teachers were so impressed by Michael’s memory, his intelligence, his love for helping other students, his organization skills and his wonderful spirit. His instructors told my parents about another program called Business Builders. It is the only program were we live. This program allows individuals with disabilities be able to live a “normal” life. This program has allowed my brother to feel that he is a contributing part of society. Thanks to this program, my brother Michael and his friend were able to develop their own business. My brother Michael and his friend own a recycling business called Aloha Guys Recycling. Both boys have been so successful with their business. Michael and his friend put recycling bins in businesses, stores, gyms, hospitals, etc. They have a coach that takes them to pick up the recycling and take it to the recycling bins to get their money. In addition, Michael and his friend also pick up any recycling from the community, and they do this free of charge. They recycle electronics, plastics, glass, batteries, computers, televisions, etc. I am so honored to be his sister! Michael is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and nothing will ever change that, not even an extra chromosome!