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Who Let the Dawg out?
Who Let the Dawg out?

My cousin Jacob was born five years ago with Down syndrome. I'll admit at first I was a little nervous, not really knowing what to expect having a cousin with a disability in the family, but it all came naturally and now I couldn't imagine my life if he wasn't in it. I'm a proud cousin who came up with his beloved nickname of J-Dawg, which started off as a simple joke but stuck. Jacob has a special place in my heart and our relationship is one others don't understand. Without Jacob in my life I would probably still be searching for a profession to pursue, being a freshman in college I am now currently a biology major to pursue a career in helping children like Jacob one day. Jacob had many surgeries as a baby and it was a scary time for our whole family and going through this made me realize I want to help those families, I want to be able to help their children get better and live a long healthy life that they deserve. I'd like to think without Jacob in my life I would not realize my true calling. Jacob has taught me many other things in his five years in my life. Nobody is perfect but you need to be willing to see past all the imperfections and see him for the truly remarkable and special person he is. Jacob is my little Dawg and has taught me things nobody else could.




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Lee Cohen, United States, VT
3/1/2013 5:54:10 PM
What a precious little boy! You can tell by the picture that he is very special. Children like Jacob need all the love and support and help they can get and it sounds like you are on a wonderful path, Molly. These children will be very lucky to have you . ;)

Mary Ludwig, United States, MA
2/28/2013 1:27:07 PM
Great Article Molly! You have such a meaningful story to share, keep up the good work!

Catherine FEnton, United States, ME
2/28/2013 8:41:30 AM
Nice job, Molly! Good luck in schoooollll!!!

Jan Malionek, United States, MA
2/28/2013 12:04:43 AM
Good job, Molly!!

Bonnie Medina, United States, MA
2/27/2013 11:12:32 PM
Great story Molly!!!

Alyssa Hurley, United States, MA
2/27/2013 9:24:22 PM
Great story Molly! Best of luck to you and Jacob :)

Marianne Orlando, United States, MA
2/27/2013 5:33:50 PM
Your cousin is very special.

Joan Fawls, United States, MA
2/27/2013 4:26:05 PM
Beautiful story...lovely young woman!

Val Pulaha, United States, MA
2/27/2013 3:42:46 PM
Hi Molly, Such an inspiring story about your cousin Jacob. He sounds like such a joy to be around. Good luck with all your dreams! :)

Anne White, United States, MA
2/27/2013 3:10:35 PM
I wish you all the best in pursuing your passion to help children like your beloved cousin Jacob. I enjoyed reading your article. Your love and dedication came through. Jacob is lucky to have you in his life as well! Best Anne White

Donna Gallagher, United States, MA
2/23/2013 2:31:40 PM
Good job, Molly!

Jacqueline Cronan, United States, VT
2/23/2013 1:12:29 PM
So proud of you Molly!

Suzanne Graves, United States, MA
2/22/2013 9:09:51 PM
Molly you are a special young lady and Jacob is a wonderful little boy!

Suzanne Graves, United States, MA
2/22/2013 9:08:35 PM
Molly you are a special young lady and Jacob is a special cousin!

Jen Gallagher, United States, MA
2/22/2013 7:07:53 PM
Great job Molly! You are right, Jacob is the best.

Rebecca Currie-Mugford, United States, MA
2/22/2013 5:56:30 PM
As cliché as this sounds. this story made me cry. Molly has been one of my dear friends for many years and the love and adoration she has for Jacob is so genuine and infectious. She is a remarkable, ambitious and compassionate young woman and truly deserves for her story to be heard.

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