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My great story is about our daughter, Angela. She is eleven years old and has brought great joy to our family since the day she was born. She is the youngest of four children, but she is happy to keep up with her 17 year old sister Catherine, and two teenage brothers, Paul and Michael. She has helped me, her mom, become a stronger person, because I want her to have the best life she can. She has captured the heart of her dad, Jim, and I daresay has him wrapped around her little finger. We found out that Angela would be born with Down syndrome before she was born. Her Dad and I were anxious about her life because we thought it would be a different experience to bring her into the world than our other children. We were pleasantly surprised that there was not much different about her birth and babyhood at all. She likes to do some of the same things as her older siblings, but she has her own likes and tastes according to her personality. She loves to dance, sing, and swim. Every night, she takes Miley Cyrus' biography "Miles to Go" to bed to read before falling asleep. She is a fan of the Camp Rock movies, and likes to remind us that she is waiting to attend a Demi Lovato concert. Swimming is her sport, and she works out with a Special Olympics team at Spring Hill Rec Center in McLean and Dori is her coach. The smile on her face when she finished a race is full of joy and pride. People have told us on more than one occasion that there is something about Angela that just makes them happy. We are sure Angela has many more talents that she will will develop as she grows and matures. All the while, we will support and help her makes her contributions to building a better world, not just for her, but for everyone. We are so grateful to have been given the gift of her life, and will cherish it forever.

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Anita Phares, United States, VA
7/19/2011 1:56:27 PM
Beautiful story, Teresa, about your beautiful daughter. We too are blessed to know her and see what a full and enriching life she leads; an inspiration for us and Mia's future too!

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