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My Little Brother
Taking Adam out to Lunch!
Taking Adam out to Lunch!
My Little Brother

My name is Ryan Saharovich and my younger brother Adam is easily the most inspiring person I have ever met. Adam was born with Down syndrome but that has never once stopped him from trying and succeeding in every aspect of life. From the time we were young children, Adam has taught me so many valuable life lessons about patience, happiness, and the simple joys that life really is about. He attends a public school in Memphis, TN where he will graduate this May before he moves on to an amazing college-type program at the Stewart Home School in Kentucky. I could write a five hundred-page book detailing all the hilarious and inspiring stories about my brother. Some examples include the time he told me that he had to hide my homework in the sixth grade so he could give it to me as a birthday present five months later and the time when he approached a large biker using a urinal and began to play patty cake with the man’s behind. However, I want to focus on one specific moving event that changed all of our lives. At age 13, every Jewish boy and girl has a Bar Mitzvah, which is a service that the child leads at their synagogue symbolizing the passage to adulthood. Despite not knowing any Hebrew, my younger brother spent every afternoon for months leading up to his big day listening to recordings of our Rabbi and Cantor on his iPod. When it came time for the event, Adam didn’t leave a dry eye in the house when he read from the Jewish Holy Scripture and became a man. Seeing my younger brother chant the prayers and give a speech discussing the Hebrew scripture he read along with the help from our awesome Rabbi Micah Greenstein was one of the best moments of my life. My family will still watch this video in awe and see my younger brother confidently lead a service in front of five hundred people. I love you Adam and can’t wait to come home to see you walk in graduation in May and for you to have the most amazing time at college!

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Sheila Ferguson, United States, CO
4/4/2014 9:47:29 AM
I used to live in Memphis and I love your Rabbi Micah! Now I love your brother and wish you and your family continued happiness and success!

Rod Embry, United States, KY
3/1/2013 1:04:54 PM
Awesome! Something about the big stage inspires those with DS to light the world for those without!

Sari Eilon, United States, IN
2/22/2013 10:30:00 AM
I love the Saharovich family! What a great story!

Kara Bierman, United States, TN
2/21/2013 5:37:39 AM
The Saharovich family is truly an inspiration to us all.

Lisa Cohen, United States, GA
2/20/2013 8:31:34 PM
Love and happiness to the Saharovich family! Thanks for sharing this wonderful article!

lisa paris, United States, TN
2/20/2013 3:29:50 PM
love it

Raymond Evans, United States, TN
2/20/2013 9:39:19 AM
So proud of you and all of your accomplishments. You truly are blessed and I believe that you will continue to make a positive impact in all of our lives. Congratulations and good luck on your future road to success.

Ethan Miller, United States, CO
2/20/2013 12:47:25 AM
Love to the whole Saharovich family, all you nichis are awesome and hope you have a good time at college next year Adam!

Jordan olken, United States, IL
2/20/2013 12:13:30 AM
Absolutely amazing story Ryan!!!! So inspirational

Kim McDaniel , United States, TN
2/20/2013 12:01:30 AM
What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing!

Danny Mansberg, United States, TN
2/19/2013 11:37:55 PM
Chazak. Success from a strong family!

Janet L. Shipman, United States, TN
2/19/2013 10:06:48 PM
Ryan, Congratulations on your beautiful tribute to your brother. Your parents also deserve credit for encouraging each of you to become such confident young men. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story.

Marsha Underberg, United States, TN
2/19/2013 9:56:30 PM
Ryan that's a great story and Adam rocks!!

Barbara Johnson, United States, TN
2/19/2013 9:28:30 PM
So much Love, Awesome story Ryan. To know Adam is to Love him.

Shannon Black, United States, TN
2/19/2013 9:25:04 PM
So very sweet!

Kym Herren, United States, AR
2/19/2013 9:01:02 PM
Great story with such brotherly love.

Kim broughton, United States, TN
2/19/2013 8:54:25 PM
Great story

Patty Harper, United States, TN
2/19/2013 8:33:25 PM
Awesome brotherly support! Love the biker butt story! :-)

Sheril Greenstein, United States, TN
2/19/2013 8:07:42 PM
Adam has truly touched the lives of so many. Ryan, you have touched Adam's life as well. How lucky he is to have you as a big brother!

Amanda Ferguson, United States, AR
2/19/2013 7:59:23 PM
Great story! You and your brothers are a really inspiring group.

Justin Libby, United States, TN
2/19/2013 7:28:38 PM
Adams my boy!!

Patti Micklin, United States, CO
2/19/2013 7:25:09 PM
This is an inspiring story that deserves to be shared! Brotherly love is the best!

Audrey Siskind, United States, TN
2/19/2013 7:12:09 PM
Adam is absolutely an awesome young man.

alex saharovich, United States, TN
2/19/2013 6:29:04 PM
So proud of you Ryan! So lucky that we have 3 sons that care so much about each other! You are so special!

Bradley Ringel, United States, TX
2/19/2013 6:07:22 PM

Jonathan Frisch, United States, TN
2/19/2013 5:57:21 PM
So proud of Ryan and Adam. Great parents, great young men.

Richard Orgel, United States, TN
2/19/2013 5:36:54 PM
This story is almost unbelievabl from my 20 year old grandson. I could not be prouder. Go Ryan go.

Pat, United States, TX
2/19/2013 5:29:39 PM

Karen Burkholz, United States, TX
2/19/2013 5:13:49 PM
What a beautiful story written by a brother for a brother. Ryan and Adam, you have a wonderful bond that I hope continues throughout your lifetime

Adam Saharovich, United States, TN
2/19/2013 4:52:39 PM
Thanks big brother!

Danny Farber, United States, IL
2/19/2013 4:45:11 PM
Ryan Saharovich is the reason I am working as a Keshet counselor at an overnight camp for 4 weeks. Watching him run the program I will be working for eventually big shoes are left to fill. His capability and patience as a counselor is inspiring to work next to. Beber Camp stand up!

Jeremy Kahn, United States, TN
2/19/2013 4:34:42 PM
loved it!

wendy stulmaker, United States, TX
2/19/2013 4:21:07 PM
What a beautiful love letter to write for your brother. Both young men inspire!!!!!!

Debra Saharovich, United States, TN
2/19/2013 4:13:08 PM
Great Job

Terry Orgel, United States, TN
2/19/2013 4:08:59 PM
I love this story and I love and am so proud of my grandsons, the Saharovich brothers

Robert Schwartz, United States, KY
2/19/2013 4:07:32 PM
Great story!

Gordon Thal, United States, TX
2/19/2013 4:07:13 PM
Great story!

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