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My Best Friend
Me and Andrew
Me and Andrew
My Best Friend

Everyone has a best friend. Someone you talk to everyday, someone who knows all your secrets. Someone who can always put a smile on your face no matter how mad or sad you might be. My best friend is Andrew William Bash and he has Down syndrome. 
I met Andrew my junior year of high school. I was in a peer tutoring class and worked with the special education students in my school. I had noticed Andrew right away. He always had a look on his face like he was up to something or keepng a secret. The more I got to know him, the more I became interested in Down syndrome. 
Andrew always knows how to make me laugh. Whether he is singing at the top of his lungs or taking his shirt off when he throws a fit. I will never forget watching the same Barney episodes every day and dancing around the classroom together singing. Andrew has changed my life forever. He has made me a better person and a more accpeting person to people with disabilities. 
Seeing Andrew get so excited when he would see me walk in the room is what made my senior year the best ever. Andrew has opened my eyes in so many ways. Because of him, I know want to adopt a child with Down syndrome. I love you, Andrew Bash. Best Friends FOREVER.




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Elizabeth Aaron Hilscher, United States, ID
5/11/2014 5:41:37 PM
This Is such an awesome inspiration to me... I am 16 years old and when I graduate I want to work with children with Down syndrome and have my own cosmetology business. this just makes me cant wait even more :D Thank you I do know what I want to do I just don't know where to start... again INSPIRING! and a powerful Message!

Beverly Calloway, United States, KY
2/27/2013 6:57:29 PM
When we get to heaven we will know we were the ones missing something. Downs know the most important thing is LOVE and that is the greatest blessing. If you are lucky enough to have a downs touch your life, you are lucky Enough!

Taylor Crittenden, United States, KY
2/26/2013 11:40:29 PM
Thank you all so much for your kind words! It has almost been a year since I have seen my best friend Andrew. But not a day goes by that I don't think of him or look at his pictures on my phone! Children with Down syndrome are such a blessing! I hope every one is lucky enough to meet such an amazing person like I did!

Kara Rumsey, United States, NY
2/5/2013 2:45:38 PM
I have a 4 month old son with down syndrome, and this story has completely made my day...and made me smile big! I hope someday he is lucky enough to have a best friend like this young lady. God bless her heart. I wish there were more people like her in the world.

Rogina Belmontes, United States, CA
2/4/2013 8:53:22 PM
Beautiful story. I have a grand daughter with downs. She enriches our lives. If everyone would take the time to get to know a person with special needs the world would be a much happier place

Julie Gerhart, United States, PA
2/4/2013 7:13:31 PM
This is a great story! I have a 2 year old with DS. When he was born, all I heard was what limitations he would have and what he wouldn't be able to do. But he's smart, funny, mischievous, and determined. This girl has seen that and seen beyond DS and has grown because of someone with DS. All people with DS need someone like her in their corner!

Veo Kearns, United States, CA
2/4/2013 5:49:42 PM
Beautiful story!

Ann Ebert, United States, NC
2/4/2013 5:45:44 PM
Beautiful story I have a Granddaughter with ds and she is so funny and loves to sing all Adele's songs.Delainey Ava Gray is in the first grade and wants very much to help the teacher teach.Ds is not really a handicap as it is a blessing,changed my life.

Megan, United States, KY
2/4/2013 2:08:28 PM
Beautiful! Made me tear up :)

Susan brandt, United States, NC
2/4/2013 2:02:36 PM
My step son has downs and he is always making us smile and have a good time all the time. Children who have downs are the most loving and cheerful individuals you can ever meet and I am blessed he came into my life.

nancy mcmahon, United States, WA
2/4/2013 1:39:20 PM
My Great Niece has downs, they are the sweetest kindest children you will ever met....I wish more people treated them that way..

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