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Posted: May 20, 2015

Brother's request to friend with Down syndrome makes mom cry

One mother has extra reason to be proud today. She found out from friends that, without her knowing, her son, Austin, had written a letter to a 4th grade student, Chase, asking for a favor.

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One mother has extra reason to be proud today.

She found out from friends that, without her knowing, her son, Austin, had written a letter to a 4th grade student, Chase, asking for a favor.

Austin will be going to middle school next year, and wanted Chase to watch out for his brother, who will be starting kindergarten.

Austin’s mom says she cried when she read the letter. And she’s not alone. She shared the letter with a member of our staff.

It reads:

“Dear Shane,

Hi, how is it going? I can't wait for school to be over. I am giving you this letter because I want to ask you a favor. Will you watch out for and be friends with my brother, Chase?

Chase is going to be in kindergarten next year. He is blessed with Down Syndrome like you. I am asking you to do this because I am going to middle school next year and I will not be at (school name) anymore.

You have one more year here and it will be your year with Chase. I hope you get to meet him. He has glasses and looks a lot like you but younger.

You might see him with a Woody from Toy Story doll. Even though he can't talk, I hope you two can be friends like me and you. Will you do that for me? I would like it a lot.

Your Buddy, Austin.”

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