Hi My name is Keisha Lugito and I have a sister who has Down Syndrome. My sister has Down Syndrome and to some people it’s a pity of what she is and how she acts, however I rather think of it as a blessing. To me, she acts normal, like anyone else, to me she looks beautiful, no matter what she wears and what she does. She is a gift from heaven that has taught my family the meaning of love. Maybe she can’t do some of the things like normal average people, but she teaches us things we can’t possibly learn outside in the world just as humans. I was in first grade, asking my mother, “Why is my sister like the way she is?” She said, “You have to understand your sister is not very different from others, it’s not a bad thing that she has it’s just a difficult thing she has to deal with.” Then from that moment she said it I cried, I was young and I was selfless and I cried and I didn’t understand life as it was just yet. I cried because I wanted a normal sibling, that all the other girls had, someone to look up to and help me do my homework. I remember I took advantage of her handicap and when I got mad I would hit her on purpose only to cry again and have tears pouring down my face from the guilt that caved me. After finally reaching that breaking point, the mental block, around 3rd grade, I took after her, I taught her (how to do) homework and the things that she would have to learn in high school from then on it was like that. She was 8 years older than me, but… I became the older sister. I did a lot of things I regret but the one thing I don’t regret is having my sister be a part of my family. Once you get to know her, she’s fun, charming, adorable, outgoing, creative, just like any other person who has special needs. It really takes [patience], to form a bond with a person like that and you especially need a big heart. That’s why I recommend kids who are going to high school and students in high school, to join and be involved in an association like Best Buddies. Try it, if you don’t like it that your lost to be in something great. Even if there hasn’t been a club formed in your school as Best Buddies yet, make one, it doesn’t hurt to try. I heard from a lot of people say, “Best Buddies, that’s for people who don’t have friends” or “That’s a stupid club.” Well, excuse me, ma’am or sir, you’re missing on something big and something great. You can’t assume something you don’t even know about and that assumption is spreading worldwide… without people knowing. I have an inspiration and that’s my sister. We’re best friends and we’re best sisters. Just to be clear, my intention is not to gain reputation or whatsoever, but it’s for the greater good. Thanks for watching this video, I know I’ve had said a lot to intake but really, it’s trying to find a change for a better good. Maybe even inspirational.