Take It from This Little Girl: Down Syndrome Is 'Not Scary at All!'
In fact, it's actually exciting!
Sofia Sanchez may only be 7, but she's got a pretty big message about what it means to be different.
The preciously spunky little girl was born with Down syndrome, and she's embracing the fact that October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month by sharing a seriously cute video filmed by her mom Jennifer. In the clip, Sofia happily chats about her genetic disorder with a purse slung over her arm—and the collab is going viral for all the right reasons.
"Is Down syndrome scary?" Jennifer asks her daughter, who she adorably refers to as "Little Miss."
"No, it's not scary," Sofia tells her mom as she shakes her head incredulously. "It's so exciting!"
"So Down syndrome is not something scary?" Jennifer presses.
"Nooo," her daughter replies, shooing the question away. "It's not scary at all." Then she crosses her arms over her chest, and you just know she's silently adding something along the lines of "Like, duh, Mom!"
Pretty awesome! No wonder the clip has been viewed more than 22,000 times since Sanchez first posted it to Instagram two weeks ago!
Jennifer and her husband Hector—who have four kids, including son Joaquin, 8, who also has Down syndrome—adopted Sofia at 16 months. "We felt that since we were already taking the journey of raising a child with Down syndrome, why not adopt another and provide a loving home for Sofia and also give Joaquin a sibling just like him?" she told Today.
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Such big hearts! Jennifer has also been very active in a movement called "Changing the Face of Beauty," that pushes for inclusion of kids with Down Syndrome in the media, so she's thrilled that her daughter's Instagram video has gone viral.
"Sofia's joy is contagious," she explained. "She shows the world that she is confident, happy, capable, and that really there is just nothing to be afraid of when it comes to Down syndrome."
What a truly amazing little girl! In a follow-up post, the viral sensation shared her gratitude with all of her new fans. "Thank you so much for watching me," she said, then blew the world a kiss. Watch the full video here, and just try not to fall in love with her!