I asked you to offer some public admiration for the brother or sister of a child with special needs, and a sports-themed response that came in last week seems perfect for this Olympics-obsessed time of the summer. Under the heading "An Awesome Athlete," Allife wrote:
My son Jeremiah turned 11 yesterday. Jeremiah was born missing his corpus callosum which encompasses multiple disabilities. Our oldest child is 14 and entering into high school as a star athlete. During July's varsity football camp our son walked up to the head coach of the state championship team and asked if he "the rookie" could have #11 as his number in honor of his special needs brother who is now 11. That coach didn't answer but yesterday my son received that number on a team of over 100. When I picked him up from a 6 hr practice the first thing he told me with a smile was "Mom I got the number"... Priceless mommy moment!
Does your child with special needs have a sibling who could use some recognition? Share your messages of pride and admiration on the Readers Respond page. And for some ideas of other things they might like you to do for them, read "20 Things Siblings Would Like Parents and Service Providers to Know."
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