Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Man With Down Syndrome Visits Brother Guarding The Queen At Windsor Castle.

A Disappointing Day

A Disappointing Day

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He tried to hide how disappointed he felt. But he was extremely excited at first. After all, he had been looking forward to this moment for quite a while. An experience like this one was extremely rare. But he found himself unsure how to react after someone told him something unexpected. Suddenly, he had a bunch of thoughts in his head. But one question stuck out. Did he travel this far only to experience disappointment?

A Challenging Life

A Challenging Life

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Sam was used to dealing with adversity, so this wasn’t going to deter him. You see, he has Down syndrome, a genetic condition that alters the way an individual develops intellectually and physically. But while people with Down can live normal lives, even with a low IQ. This can be accomplished through social and educational support, which allows them to become productive members of society. But Sam has never allowed Down Syndrome to stop him.

Yearning For Independence

Yearning For Independence

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Sam worked hard to gain independence, and be seen as everyone else. In his early 20s, he decided to leave his parents’ home and live in a house with his friends – Megan, Lucy, and Hilly – who have Down syndrome too. His friend Lewis, who has Williams syndrome, also lives with them in their Brighton, UK home. And although things weren’t easy for Sam at first, this new life was the start of an amazing adventure.

The New Normal

The New Normal

Sam and his roommates have daily activities that they have to follow. This includes doing chores, running errands, working at a charity shop, and taking life skill classes. They even learned how to surf when they went on holidays together. They’ve also competed in the Special Olympics’ equestrian event. It seemed like Sam was leading a normal life with his roommates. But then, he was given the chance to do something extra special all on his own.

Guarding Her Majesty

Guarding Her Majesty

Royal Central

A year before, Sam’s younger brother, Jack, joined the Royal Army. Then, Sam got word that Jack was picked to serve at Windsor Castle in the Queen’s Guard. It was an honor for troops, who were picked from the British military’s five regiments. When Sam learned that his brother Jack was going to become a member of this elite group of soldiers, he was very proud of his sibling. And he wanted to personally tell one person how he felt.

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