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My Sister Sophia

Friday, November 02, 2007 @ 3:39 PM

October is Down syndrome awareness month. I think the world would be a better place if there were more kids with Down syndrome (DS). Kids with DS don’t care what other people think about them. They just want to enjoy their life. My sister, Sophia, has Down syndrome. My mom likes to say she has a “little something extra” because she has an extra 21st chromosome. Down syndrome is also known as Trisomy 21 because of the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. Typical people only have 2 copies of each chromosome.

Sophia likes to do everything we do. She likes to play games, draw pictures, and have fun with her friends. She goes to school and has homework just like us. She is lucky because some kids with Down syndrome have trouble talking but she talks really well. She is also very smart. I love my sister and it hurts me when some kids look at her face and laugh or stare. Kids with Down syndrome look alike but they also look like their family members, too. I think everyone should be nice to Sophia because she is an ordinary kid. We are all human beings and God put us all on Earth. We should all be treated the same. I think we should be extra nice and helpful to all kids with special needs because it is harder for them to learn and grow up. I feel really lucky to have a sister like Sophia.

Mira Spizzirri
St. Charles, IL

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