Have you ever seen the show "Life
Goes On"? Well, the star of the show was an actor named Chris
Burke. Chris was born with Down syndrome in 1967, which meant he was
born with an extra chromosome 21. The difference with people with Downs
syndrome appear smaller and develop slower physically and mentally.
Also, there is usually a wide variation in their mental capabilities.
Many of the differences between people who have Downs syndrome and those
who don't, lies in the physical appearances.
When Chris Burke was born, doctors
advised his parents, Frank and Marian Burke, to place him in an
institution. They ignored their advice and treated Chris the same as
their other children. Given the chance to live normally led to an
amazingly successful and talented life. Chris got to be in the company
of two presidents. He made a public service announcement with George
Bush and walked with President Bill Clinton in his inaugural speech. He
received many awards including a Youth in Film award and a Christopher
award. He also had a public school, in New York City, named after him!
On top of it all, he still continues to act vigorously. He had a feature
role in "Touched by an Angel" as Taylor. He also had roles in
"Jonathan, The Boy Nobody Wanted", "The Commish" and
the mini-series "Heaven and Hell".
are associated with show business and one of the most common is that
actors and actresses must have flawless appearances. Chris Burke went
into "the biz" and destroyed that label by having a very
successful and meaningful career.
Eldrick "Tiger" Woods
"Tiger" Woods, nicknamed after
a friend of his father who was a Vietnamese solider, was born 1975 as
Eldrick T. Woods. No sooner could he walk then when he started putting.
when he was two, he putted against Bob
Hope on the "Mike Douglas Show". At age three he shot 48 for
nine holes and was featured in Golf Digest at age five! He became the
8th athlete to be named a Wheaties rep after such people as Michael
Jordan and Mary Lou Retton. He also participates in many charities,
including one chaired by his father, the Tiger Woods Foundation which
provides minorities participation in golf. In 1997, he won the Sports
Star of the Year award at age 22. This award recognizes athletes who
combine sports excellence with significant charitable