Gabe can’t do a pull up or a dead lift. But he can make you laugh like you’ve never laughed before. He oozes joy and it’s infectious. He has this sixth sense about him that draws him to those who need him the most. When he finds that person, they won’t ever be the same again; they’ll be better than they were before. He will show you a tenderness and compassion that will bring you to your knees.
Gabe can’t tie his shoes and his burpees resemble something more like spit up. But he can show you how to persevere and never quit. He will teach you that even if you can’t do it the same way as someone else, you can do it your way and be just as amazing. He will show you that can’t is just another word for underestimated.
Gabe can’t jump rope without getting tangled up and his jumping jacks are some bizarre crossbreed between a skip and a spasm. But he can show you what unconditional love looks like. He can teach you how to see past the outside appearance and assumptions and into the heart of a person. He can show you what true acceptance really looks like.
Gabe can’t always get his mouth to make the chants and cheers of support that he wants it to. But he can teach you that communication is more than just words. It’s a chubby hand holding yours, it’s a kind pat on the back, it’s a thumbs up and a cheesy wink. He can show you that words are meaningless and actions are everything.
Gabe has Down syndrome and sometimes those around him make the mistake of assuming he can’t or won’t. But Gabe frequently proves that he can and will. While he may not be the most coordinated, the strongest, or the fastest, he is one of the coolest 7 years old’s you will meet. We should all work hard to be more like him.
-Sherry, Gabe's mom
*For Down Syndrome Awareness Month we are asking you to stand beside Gabe and show him and his pals with Down syndrome that you believe that #GabeCan by donating $21 to DSGO.