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Boss and Adiyah go to their Junior Prom
Boss and Adiyah go to their Junior Prom

My son Andres "Boss" (his nickname for himself) Landau and his classmate Adiyah Sanders, both have Down Syndrome. Both of our families live in the small island city of Alameda, California (near San Francisco, and across the bridge from Oakland, California). Both 17 year old teenagers go to Alameda High School. Last night they joined their mainstream classmates at the Junior Prom. Both our families have advocated long and hard for our children in and outside of school. Our beautiful children are social, smart, happy, organized, (my list can go on). I have been nervous about the future since 2nd grade. I don't know what lies beyond high school yet I know nothing is impossible when surrounded by love.

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Juadine Henderson, United States, MD
3/21/2014 11:15:45 AM
A beautiful couple. They deserve the best.l

Tregar, United States, CA
3/19/2014 6:45:54 PM
Go Boss!

Shabaz Mason, United States, CA
3/14/2014 2:02:08 AM
Boss is a wonderful and awesome kid who deserve a world of laughter, fun and great times but most important strong positive people surrounding him and all his friend, and I'm glad he has the great parent and family and friend to continue encouraging him, keep up the good work, Bazzy

Dede De'Toles-Dugan, United States, CA
3/11/2014 12:08:44 PM
Adiyah is my "boo" and honorary God-daughter, and she and Andres look so wonderful and happy. I love this photo! And I'm certain that their Prom Night was just as wonderful and they look here tonight. Love you, guys. :-) "Aunty" Dede De'Toles-Dugan

Dede De'Toles-Dugan, United States, CA
3/11/2014 12:06:41 PM
Adiyah is my "boo" and honorary God-daughter, and she and Andres look so wonderful and happy. I love this photo! And I'm certain that their Prom Night was just as wonderful and they look here tonight. Love you, guys. :-) "Aunty" Dede De'Toles-Dugan

Marco Molina, United States, CA
3/10/2014 4:36:24 PM
Awesome couple.

Jessica Holloway, United Kingdom,
3/10/2014 9:02:14 AM
I love how their outfits match. Adiyah is so beautiful and Andres looks like a catch. I hope they had a happy and memorable day. Before today I didn't know that some kids weren't allowed to go to prom (did I understand that correctly?). Great job parents!

Anselmo m Cornelius, United States, CA
3/10/2014 8:22:35 AM
Great story!

E. Rios, United States, CA
3/10/2014 4:45:41 AM
Beautiful! Congratulations Andres and Adiyah on this very joyous occasion.

Emonii Struggs Anderson, United States, CA
3/9/2014 9:21:23 PM
They are so cute!!!

Renea Oberhansly, United States, AZ
3/9/2014 9:00:12 AM
Best wish s much joy for you both !

nina Serrano, United States, CA
3/8/2014 1:07:08 PM
Bravo Andres and Adiyah!

Sharon Costello, United States, CA
3/7/2014 9:40:53 PM
please vote for this awesome couple he is the sweetest young man I have ever met

Carlos Callahan, United States, CA
3/7/2014 12:08:52 PM

Andrea Szeto, United States, CA
3/7/2014 11:42:10 AM
Love it! Wish my little brother had the chance to do this when he was in high school.

Christina Baxter, United States, CA
3/7/2014 11:15:26 AM
Sweet idea!

Michael E Eliel, United States, AZ
3/7/2014 10:59:04 AM
This is a beautiful story about beautiful people.

Wendy Lieu, United States, CA
3/7/2014 9:36:04 AM
I'm very proud of Boss ans Adiyah. They showed the world how they competent they could be. Boss and Adiyah both look very sharp and ready to take the stage. I enjoy being around them. They both have taught me lessons about life that I will never forget. They inspired and influenced me both personally and professionally in their own way. They have the power to bring out the best in a person and spread genuine and authentic love with their smiles and things they do. It's my honor to be part of their story. I'm excited to learn more about the rest of their stories! I hope the best for them!

Xavier Sanders, United States, CA
3/7/2014 12:25:57 AM
That's my big sis and Andres "Bossman" being the life of the party.

R. Califa, United States, CA
3/6/2014 9:42:40 PM
They're going to be the bell of the ball! Love it!!!

regina mckenzie, United States, CA
3/6/2014 4:40:31 PM
"Boss" and Adiyah both look very sharp on the way to there junior prom. I hope they had a good time. And there futures will be bright and successful.

Dc Colbert, United States, CA
3/6/2014 3:30:28 PM
Best of luck to you

Norlisha Long, United States, CA
3/6/2014 3:22:19 PM
@Jonathan Castaneda (my husband)...thank you for your kind and heartfelt expression of words. I love you.

Jonathan A Castaneda, United States, CA
3/6/2014 2:51:33 PM
Adiyah and Boss are extremely inspirational. Adiyah is my stepdaughter as of 3 months ago, and in just 3 short months she has already had a tremendous impact on my life. She brings joy to the family with her exuberant spirit and always has us bursting out with spontaneous laughter (she's full of surprises)! She's a lover of music and dance and is an exceptional performer in her own right. Boss is a renaissance man! A chef, photographer, singer, classy dresser, and excellent manager of time! These two are a dynamic team. Full of life and full of fun. They can teach a lot of us how to live life if we would just pay attention. They know how to love, how to accept, how to forgive, and how to overcome. I'm so proud of the both of you and privileged to be apart of your lives. Thank you for being you.

Janvier hebert , United States, TX
3/6/2014 1:02:17 PM
This is very beautiful.

Norlisha Long, United States, CA
3/6/2014 12:43:24 PM
@Christina're welcome. @Chancley Long...thank you for your vote and comment. I love you. @Kristin Shellhammer...thank you for your vote and support. Blessings.

Chancley long, United States, LA
3/6/2014 12:00:52 PM
Inspiring thumbs up to my niece Adiyah and Boss I love you

Patricia de la Caridad, United States, CA
3/6/2014 11:35:25 AM
Beautiful Prom Couple!

Ifafore, United States, CA
3/6/2014 11:07:22 AM
All i can say is what a beautiful couple, Boss is the bomb! Many blessings and love to them!!!

Kristin Shellhammer, United States, CA
3/6/2014 10:51:21 AM
What a great-looking couple :) Miss you guys tons!!

gary I, United States, FL
3/6/2014 8:26:41 AM
You go Andre

Jesus Hernandez , United States, CA
3/6/2014 6:31:26 AM
Great story!

Carlos Kareem Windham, United States, OR
3/6/2014 1:50:30 AM
Love the prom photo. You both look fabulous!

Lisa Arieta Hayes, United States, CA
3/6/2014 12:07:46 AM
They both look so great and I am sure they had a great time at the prom! Go Boss!!!

Thomas Krueger, United States, CA
3/6/2014 12:07:32 AM
I am truly blessed to know these two outstanding individuals.

Maria Wadley, United States, CA
3/5/2014 11:12:11 PM
One lovely and great kid..!!!

Jesus Perez, United States, CA
3/5/2014 10:43:02 PM
He's been a remarkable young man since the day he was born. And I have the pleasure of knowing him since day one. He deserves everything this world has to offer. So, let him win not only this contest but all contests that knocking at his door. God Bless you Andres. May Olofi and all the positive energies in the world always surround you with all their energy and blessings. Love you, padrino Jay

Estelita De Jesus, United States, CA
3/5/2014 8:41:14 PM
Outstanding young man.

Greg Landau, United States, CA
3/5/2014 8:06:35 PM
Andres and Adiyah representing Alameda

Jane Sliheet, United States, CA
3/5/2014 1:34:58 PM
Wonderful, heart warming story. So glad the prom couple enjoyed themselves.

Sabrina, United States, NY
3/5/2014 12:18:49 PM

Denhi Donis, United States, CA
3/5/2014 11:42:06 AM
I have known Andres since He was a Little boy . His Family used to lived in Bernal in San Francisco.I have see how he grows up. I meet him often in Cultural Events He always smiles and give me hugs... He is very Sweet and Happy My best wishes for His Prom and for Adiyash Ometeotl, Denhi

Christina Velasco, United States, CA
3/5/2014 10:12:24 AM
Norlisha, your comment brought me to tears. Thank you. Love, Christina, mother of Boss Landau

sherry fu, United States, CA
3/5/2014 9:46:28 AM

Norlisha Long, United States, CA
3/5/2014 4:08:16 AM
My heart is moved to tears regarding these two beautiful, awesome and angelic individuals and what the future has in store for them. From what I can see and am a witness to, the possibilities are limitless! Adiyah and Andres has so much to offer and teach us just by being who they are...authentic, lovable, fearless and without jidgement or prejudices. Adiyah and are my heros here on earth. Thank you for sharing your unconditional love and acceptance and for displaying tremendous courage and quality of character. You both are a joy to look upon and I look forward to seeing your lives blossom and unfold thus leaving a continuous imprint on my heart and the hearts of those who lives you've already touched. Congratulations on attending your first prom together and showing the world that anything is possible! With love and admiration. Mom and N. Long

Mrs. Kristen Wilson, United States, CA
3/5/2014 12:26:28 AM
They are awesome full of character. Beautiful picture.

Yvette Aldama, United States, CA
3/5/2014 12:07:46 AM
By far the cutest and brightest!

nina serrano, United States, CA
3/4/2014 11:31:10 PM
Bravo to these two young pooeple!

Ryan Couture, United States, CA
3/4/2014 10:34:39 PM
17?! Already! Quite the young man!

Sharon Costello, United States, CA
3/4/2014 9:04:12 PM
I have known 'Andres since he was 2 years old. He was amazing then and even more amazing now/ Kids with downs are so special and loving and Andres is exceptional, smart loving young man and I am proud to know him

Eugenia Martinez, United States, CA
3/4/2014 5:58:21 PM
I was one of their chaperones for the Junior Prom. I have been there since the day Andres was born and it was wonderful to see another great event that he not only participated in but enjoyed. He is lucky to have such wonderful parents and community that he is able to bring so much joy too. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for him.

Lorenzo Hinojosa, United States, CA
3/4/2014 5:17:41 PM
Cutest couple and best story!

Jackie JacksonDaley, United States, CA
3/4/2014 4:57:54 PM
Love this fantastic story! Thank you for sharing!

K, United States, CA
3/4/2014 4:47:43 PM
Adiyah is very sweet and social young lady. Her mom has worked extremely hard to help Adiyah to be the young lady that she is!!! I'm glad to see she had the opportunity to attend her prom with a date, and participate with the mainstream student!!! Adiyah you rock!!!

Dhaisha Edmond, United States, CA
3/4/2014 4:13:27 PM
Love you Andres!!!

Eduardo Colón Aparicio, United States, CA
3/4/2014 4:13:00 PM
They are all winners but going for Andres and his date!

Christina Velasco, United States, CA
3/4/2014 4:08:36 PM
We love Andres "Boss" Landau and his date Adiyah Sanders!! (notice name correction for girl).

Jake Land, United States, CA
3/4/2014 3:58:21 PM
Andres is easily the best dressed man in Alameda. His story is inspiring

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