Meet Sofia Sanchez.
She and her brother Joaquin have Down syndrome.
And Sofia is here to tell you that just because they have Down syndrome doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of doing everything.
Sofia tells the world via a now-viral video on her mom’s Instagram account that she can do “anything she wants”:
The seven-year-old can do anything because she is “capable, smart, kind, patient, and beautiful.”
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and Sofia and her mom Jennifer wants the world to know what Down syndrome is. Jennifer tells Independent Journal Review:
“Every October, I like to advocate for Down syndrome since it’s Down Syndrome Awareness Month. In the past, I have usually just shared facts or dispelled myths or shared cute photos of my kids. But this year I thought it might be nice to hear from Sofia and her perspective as she is older now and can speak for herself.”
She says they had no idea Sofia’s video would be so popular.
In another video on Instagram, Sofia tells her mom that Down syndrome is in her blood, and that it makes her blood special.
Sofia also wants people to know that having Down syndrome doesn’t make her, or her brother, scary.
In fact, Down syndrome isn’t scary at all; it is “so exciting.”
According to CBS News, Jennifer decided to adopt Sofia from the Ukraine after giving birth to now eight-year-old Joaquin.
The Sanchezes first met Sofia through the Reece’s Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Grant Foundation, an organization that raises money for adoption grants for orphans with Down syndrome and other special needs.
When Jennifer and her husband saw Sofia’s picture for the first time, they knew they had to adopt her.
Jennifer says she “can’t imagine … life without her.”
According to CBS News, Sofia is very passionate about speaking up for “her people,” because she “loves her life and she loves herself.”
Jennifer tells Independent Journal Review that Sofia is enjoying seeing herself and her family on TV:
“Sofia and the rest of the family are enjoying the widespread press. She loves seeing herself on TV but even more so seeing photos of the rest of the family since she is kinda used to seeing herself on TV now, so it’s been thrilling for her to see us with her!
We are just so happy her video has inspired people and made people feel good and opened their eyes to the beauty and joy of raising a child with Down syndrome!”
Sofia is also very thankful and “loves” the millions of people who took the time to watch her videos very much: