Sikeston family says Down Syndrome changed their lives for better

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - You may know it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but did you know October is also Down Syndrome Awareness Month?

Parents of kids with Down Syndrome want you to know their kids make their lives special.

The Gardner family in Sikeston say their 19-year-old son Logan has been a blessing to their family since the day doctors told them that he had Down Syndrome. It was a surprise at first, but now they wouldn't change a thing.

"It was kind of a surprise, but he's been the apple of our eye," Melody Gardner said.

She said Logan brings a smile to anyone he meets. He's always full of love and loves to compete.

Logan earned medals competing in the Special Olympics, now he's training for the Fall Games up next Friday with his partner Nick.

Nick Williams said he enjoys playing with Logan and just sees him as another athlete that loves to compete. One thing they both have learned from each other is the importance of communication.

That's something their coach, Suzanne Carter enjoys hearing.

She said if you need a laugh, Logan is always there to provide that. Besides playing tennis, he really enjoys dancing.

"Keeps us entertained," Carter said.

Logan and Nick have a big tennis match coming up next Friday, as part of the Special Olympics that will be making its way to Cape Girardeau.

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