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Gladewater Boy Selected For New York Appearance

At the age of three, a Gladewater boy is going to be the toast of the town on Broadway in New York's Time Square.  Energetic and happy Ryan Bailey, 3 may not appreciate how big a star he's going to be.  A picture of Ryan was selected by the National Downs Syndrome Society to be shown on the jumbotron in Times Square New York.

"It is a surprise, and it is a blessing for us to know that he can be up there and give hope to others, to let others know that children with Downs Syndrome can be regular people," said Ryan's father Brent Bailey.  With October being Downs Syndrome Awareness Month, the society wants to show that those who have Downs Syndrome can be successful in all facets of life.

"We're trying to just take it in strides and hope that it helps other parents," said Ryan's mother Colleen Bailey.  "He's just like anybody else."  Ryan's picture was selected out of more than 2500 entries.

"It was a slim chance," said Colleen.  "Twenty-five hundred photos came in, but when we heard we were just very excited."  For Ryan's parents, it's proof that he can be just like anyone else.

"We're very excited to be on this road, and feel like he's nothing but a gift, an absolute gift from God," said Colleen.

The National Downs Syndrome Society is a nonprofit organization with nearly 200 affiliates nation-wide.  More than 350,000 Americans have Downs Syndrome.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.


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