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Here is the movie poster for the film I recently made about my friend Micah Perry.
Here is the movie poster for the film I recently made about my friend Micah Perry.

Can't. Won't. Should not. Never. Failure. These are words that are as foreign to Micah Perry as the surface of the moon might be to you or I. Micah, who is in his early 20's, hails from Brewster, Massachusetts, and in many ways is like you or I. He worships Elvis, has impeccable style, loves girls, dancing, sports, and video games. But he is better than you or I, this I assure you. Micah was born with Down syndrome. At the time, his mother was discouraged from keeping him because as he was considered "imperfect."' Micah was also born with a heart defect, and was given a very slim chance of survival. Through small miracles and a loving family, Micah not only survived, but thrived. I first met Micah a few years ago, while I was covering his high school graduation for the Cape Cod Times. I wandered through the crowd and found that many people did not have children there, but were there to see him. Old teachers, bus drivers, people he had not seen in many years. His inner light had stuck with them and they needed to come out and see him on HIS day. I was further impressed by Micah getting the largest ovation, he was awarded the scholarship to college that escaped even me when I graduated. He started a scholarship of his own on this day, with his own money, to award future generations of special needs students. He was a member of the National Honor Society, and was the reigning homecoming king. Through interviews, I found out that he saved his money from working at Dunkin Donuts, to purchase turkeys for the less fortunate on Thanksgiving. After witnessing this impressive young man, I wanted to know more. So, after his mother contacted me about my story, I set up an interview. This next story appeared on the front page and afterwards, Micah and I stayed in touch, going to movies, bowling, talking about girls, listening to music, and talking about his college school work. Despite leaving the paper soon after, I would go on to make a short film about Micah. We premiered it at his school to a couple hundred people. Again, Micah found himself on the front page of several newspapers. Now, he was a full-blown star, noticed everywhere he went. Throughout his life, Micah has been told that because he has Down syndrome, he would probably not be able to do the things that most kids do, meet a hero of his, Tom Brady, go to college, be a movie star, hold a real job. The list could go on forever. But he has done them all and then some. Micah is one of the most selfless people I know in a selfish world. His love of others and compassion will be with me forever. He also taught me to go for what you want, that anything is possible, and to dance like nobody is watching.

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Janice Plouffe-Lopez, United States, MA
3/9/2011 12:52:29 PM
You are an inspiration to all. My husband & I remember when you were born. You are an amazing young man.

Mary Sullivan, United States, MA
2/9/2011 12:21:01 PM
Great story. My sister, Ann Marie was his teacher and told me how impressed she is with him.

Gina Trabucco, United States, MA
2/9/2011 12:28:41 PM
Micah is the coolest guy! I love his story!

Ed de la Cour, United States, MA
2/8/2011 12:57:59 PM
What an inspiration you are, Micah! While I might whine and complain, you take positive, strong steps to make a difference. God bless you!

Linda Parks, United States, MA
2/13/2011 10:41:59 AM
This story put tears in my eyes. What a wonderful life he made for himself through perseverance and the love of friends and family. He is truly blessed! You go, Micah!!!

Elayne Brigham, United States, MA
2/12/2011 10:04:45 PM
Great to get the word out about such an impressive person. We can all learn a lot from Micah! Thank you for sharing his story.

margie jackson, United States, MA
2/8/2011 10:54:35 AM
You are a great inspiration Micah! You ROCK!!

Leah Quimby, United States, MA
2/14/2011 8:35:48 AM
amazing story (:

Brianna Kluza, United States, MA
2/14/2011 8:35:42 AM
Great Job!!!

Kerry Crawford, United States, MA
2/10/2011 1:23:09 PM
Micah has great dance moves!!

Brianna Crawford, United States, MA
2/10/2011 12:55:23 PM
Go Micah! I hope you win:)!!!!!!!!!!

Sean Crawford, United States, MA
2/10/2011 12:52:39 PM
Great Story!

ROGER GOODELL, United States, MA
2/8/2011 4:16:31 PM
Micah Perry - A joy at our church, sings, prays, smiles, talks, all with the rest of us !

chris regan, United States, IL
2/11/2011 6:31:46 AM
Micah your are an inspiration to so many people. I have known your parents since before you were born and I know that they are all about love in action and faith. You are love in action. You are what so many people wish they were... kind, loving, compassionate.

Sena Coffee, United States, WI
2/11/2011 8:05:56 AM
Great Job Micah!!!!

Terry dooley, United States, MA
2/11/2011 8:17:44 PM
great story

Jen Latini, United States, TN
2/11/2011 8:03:14 PM
Great job Micah! You are truly an inspiration!

Melissa Russell, United States, MA
2/11/2011 6:48:14 PM
Greta story Micah!

Nikki Archambault, United States, FL
2/11/2011 5:23:34 PM
I can honestly say that I have known Micah since he was a baby! I have moved away some time ago...but have seen from afar how much he has grown! He was always such a sweet boy! And now he is a grown man! Im very proud of him! And I give kudos to his family

Mackenzie Leigh Kiefer, United States, MA
2/14/2011 7:34:13 AM
Congrats on your movie Micah!

Flo, United States, MA
2/16/2011 9:59:19 PM
God bless you, Micah

Sarah Lauranzano, United States, MA
2/6/2011 5:51:42 AM
Micah against all odds is an incredible Person, brother and Uncle. From the minute he was born into our lives I have loved with same unconditional love that he has for me. Way to go Micah Man!

Laurie Paine, United States, MA
2/15/2011 2:21:32 PM
Way to go Micah...You are such an inspiration!!

Molly Spalt, United States, MA
2/16/2011 8:30:09 AM
Hey Micah ! :) Looking Good ! I hope to see you soon !

Ingborg Billmair, United States, MA
2/5/2011 6:30:42 PM
Micah is a blessing and inspiration to many. He is endued with a special charisma and his smile could light up any room. One needs to meet Micah only briefly to never forget this lovely young man. He may have almost died at birth due to a hole in his hear

Peter Amirault, United States, MA
2/5/2011 8:55:06 AM
Thanks Micah for sharing your story!!!

MaryAnn Vallis, United States, MA
2/5/2011 5:44:43 AM
Micah! This is a wonderful story for a wonderful guy and thank to Matt Burke for sending it out to us!!

Patricia Scarnici, United States, MA
2/24/2011 9:59:28 PM
Micah is a very special young man and we love him. He is an inspiration to all who know him. It is a blessing to know him.

Cyndi Court, United States, FL
2/3/2011 5:32:43 PM
Amazing parents, amazing son! So glad they wereare a part of my life.

Kathryn Sharkey, United States, MA
3/3/2011 8:32:58 PM
Micah is a great cousin. He is always thoughtful, kind and fun. He also always accepts you just the way you are. If you are in a bad mood or are tired, he will hang with you and cheer you up. Great story. We love you Micah!!!!

Tim Sharkey, United States, MA
3/3/2011 8:22:59 PM
Go for it Micah!

Jake Sharkey, United States, MA
3/3/2011 8:21:43 PM
Micah is the best. He is the coolest cousin ever.

Jennifer Sharkey, United States, MA
3/3/2011 8:18:44 PM
Micah is awesome.

Nancy Asfour, United States, MA
2/5/2011 12:32:37 AM
We have known Micah since he was a baby. We are aware of the many challenges that he and his family had to face. We are so proud of Micah and his family for rising above these challenges with unwavering faith and grace. Thank you Micah for who you are

Margaret Callagy, United States, MA
2/2/2011 8:10:42 AM
I know this young man. He has a special, indescribable sense of compassion. If someone is hurting he can sense it and is right there with a hug and a smile. He is an amazing human being.

Marcia Martin, United States, MA
2/1/2011 10:52:18 PM
That was a very inspiring story, about a very inspiring young man. As the sister of a boy with Down Syndrome, I know the heartache that his family went through, but I have to say, Micah has overcome all obstacles. He has done more than a lot of people ever do.

Kerri Flaherty, United States, MA
2/1/2011 2:21:26 PM
I loved the story. Micah makes everyone else feel good about themselves!

Ann Marie Dooley, United States, MA
2/1/2011 2:21:26 PM
I loved the story. Micah makes everyone else feel good about themselves!

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