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East Texas Woman Ambassador For Down Syndrome

East Texans are lacing up to fight a devastating birth defect. Saturday is the fifth annual Buddy Walk benefiting the East Texas Down Syndrome Society.  We spoke with one woman who is a role model to people with Down Syndrome everywhere.

For the past five years, Rachel Connors has copied and files papers for a Longview accounting firm.   

"She just remembers every name wherever they are. None of us know how she can do it, but she's just, she's just a great help," says Trisha Stow, one of Rachel's co-workers.

Rachel lives and works each day with Down Syndrome, but she says it hasn't stopped her yet, especially not when it came to graduating from high school or getting a job.   

"Having Downs..I love it, I just love having it, I just like to do anything," says Rachel.

And she wants East Texas to know, people with down syndrome... "can do anything out in the real life, anything that they want to do, or what their hearts are saying right now," she says.

That attitude is exactly why Rachel has been chosen as the first-ever Goodwill Ambassador for the East Texas Down Syndrome Group.  

"She is what all of our kids can look up to and know that they can achieve anything that they want to achieve," says Vice President of the East Texas Down Syndrome Group, Leslie Stevens.

"You can do it, it's going to take a little practice, but they can do it," especially with a little help from her friends.

Rachel also wanted us to add that she is a huge Mark Scirto fan and watches him everyday.

If you'd like to participate in Saturday's Buddy Walk, it starts at 9:30am at Teague Park in Longview. Everyone is invited to attend.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com.

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