2011 Ambassador Alex Sessions
My name is Alexander Gregory Sessions, I am 17 years old. I was born January 19, 1994 in Dallas, Texas. I was born with Down syndrome. My parents were very happy when I was born – my brother Bill was 4 and they always wanted two boys. They did not know much about Down syndrome, but soon started educating themselves to make sure they did all they could to help me reach my intellectual and physical potential.
It was not always easy for them to find resources. My mom became involved with the Down Syndrome Guild and my dad became involved in research and support for people with Down syndrome at a national level as a Member of Congress.
Like many young children with Down syndrome, I was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease, which causes intestinal blockage. I was only 9 months old. It took 4 months for my intestines to heal and then I needed another major operation. Although I have a large scar on my stomach, I healed and I have a wonderful life.
I am a typical teenager. I love hanging out with my big brother Bill, his friends, and my friends. I play sports a lot and I’m really good at football, track, basketball and swimming. I can hit several 3-pointers in a row! I have won Special Olympics medals in swimming, basketball and track.
Ever since I was little, I wanted to join the family tradition of being a Boy Scout and Eagle Scout just like my brother, dad and grandfather. My family and my community believed in me. After working very hard over six summers, in November of 2010 I received my Eagle Scout having earned 32 merit badges and completed a service project at White Rock Lake. I am a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow. Being an Eagle Scout has taught me never to give up, to work hard, and has allowed my friends and community to understand that we are more alike than different. It has taught me many life skills including the importance of helping others.
I also like giving the prayer before each meal, so much that my parents call me the “Reverend Sessions!” I attend high school at the Notre Dame School of Dallas. When I finish high school, I would like to become a public speaker, coach or a work in law enforcement. I would make a great policeman because I am good at helping people.
I am happy and proud to tell you my story. My family and friends embrace me, and help me learn and to grow. And you know what? I embrace them and help them to learn and grow. Please join me and my family in supporting the Global Down Syndrome Foundation to advocate for people with Down syndrome and to give all of us a brighter future.
My name is Alex. And this is my story. So far…