|Published:||Aug 29, 2012 2:27 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 29, 2012 6:40 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A Cape Coral boy is pictured in a video montage on Down Syndrome. It will play on the jumbo-screen in Times Square in New York City. The boy's parents say they're excited that the picture will be included in the video.
"We got the word and we just started calling and texting everyone," said John Graham, father of Bentyn Graham, who is just under 1 year old. "Everyone was saying, that is awesome, just awesome. We are extremely excited."
John Graham and Barbie Charest say they didn't know what to expect when Bentyn was born with Down Syndrome. But they are amazed at his development, and very hopeful he will be able to attend public schools and find a place in mainstream society.
"He is high-functioning, and I believe he will do fine," said Charest.
"We are going to raise him without limits or ceilings. To let him know, he can do things," said Graham.
Bentyn's picture was chosen from nearly 3,000 submitted to the National Down Syndrome Society. The video will play on the giant screen in Times Square on Saturday Sept. 22. It will makre the beginning of a month of activities to promote awareness and acceptance of those with Down Syndrome.
You can access information about the syndrome at this website:
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