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At some point in our lives, whether it be kindergarten, grammar school or high school, we will have to write a report about our hero. Generally this report will consist of a sports figure, politician, or even a parent. I am 41 years old, and would like to tell the story of the person I admire the most in this world. Her name is Peighton Lee Sunseri. She is a beautiful 14 year old young lady who happens to have been born with Down syndrome. Peighton was born on June 20, 1995. Her mom and dad would accept that she had Down Syndrome, but would never accpet it as an excuse to treat her any differently from a normal child. Slightly under 2 years after she was born, something happened. The person that Peighton would look up to the most, and that would put a smile on her face for the rest of her life, was born. Her brother, Simon, was born April 4, 1997. Simon being born was the single-most biggest influence in Peighton's life. As Simon got older, Peighton and Simon grew close. She mimicked everything he did. The way he talked, his interests, the way he dressed and his sense of humor. To this day, when Simon cracks a joke or makes funny faces Peighton lights up and laughs for days. Their bond is special. Peighton doesn't know she's handicapped, and Simon does not treat her as such. Simon does not see Peighton as a burden, but as his big sister who just needs a little help every now and then. Simon is always looking out for Peighton, even when he is upset with her, and Peighton never stops looking out for Simon. Peighton not only has to deal with being a 14 year old with Down syndrome, but also a 14 year with Down syndrome and Alopecia Areata. Today she suffers from 98% hair loss. Her head is shaved today. Peighton doesn't let it get her down. She is human. At times it's hard to get her to let out what she is thinking, but she is strong and does not use it as an excuse to stay secluded. She puts on her cap, bandanna or wig and goes out and plays sports or just chills and listens to her mp3 player. I love Peighton very, very much. She did not ask to be born with Down Syndrome. She did not ask to have Alopecia Areata. She is not complaining. Peighton can never move past having Down syndrome, and at the moment, cannot do anything about being a teenager who is bald. She keeps on being a teenage girl day after day. She makes no qualms about being a tomboy, but she is still Peighton Lee Sunseri in my eyes. "Sugar and spice and everything nice, thats a little girl" ...My little girl. I am proud to say that Peighton Lee Sunseri is MY daughter and she is the person I admire the most in this world.

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Ruth Godde, United States, CA
6/10/2016 7:55:00 PM
My daughter has Downs and Alopecia. We think she is one of the bravest person we know. Hooyah for all our brave Down Syndrome kids. The Godde family

Heather Sunseri, United States, LA
3/2/2014 12:05:51 PM
Peighton is my sister. She is kind and thoughtful. She is 18 years old and I am 8 years old. I love my sister with all my heart. Our father, David, plays with Peighton and she laughs all the time. Today is March 2, 2014. I LOVE MY SISTER!!!!

Amanda Neff, United States, LA
5/7/2011 12:44:39 PM
Peighton is a beautiful young lady, and David is an amazing father. She is so very smart and has the biggest heart for anyone that walks in her path. I never look at her any different and to me, she is just like any other 14 year old girl

Gus Berndt, United States, LA
4/14/2011 6:07:59 AM
I am very proud to call David a friend, he is a very dedacated father his children are the light of his life!

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