Like many parents who proudly speak out about their kids growing up with Down syndrome, Jessica Sanchez has become something of an online advocate. But in a recent viral video, Sanchez decided to let her 7-year-old daughter with Down syndrome do the talking.
After discovering that her youngest son, Joaquin, had Down syndrome, Sanchez and her husband adopted 16-month-old Sofia from Ukraine in 2010.
"I'm able to give my sons — and especially Joaquin — a sibling that understands him, that's like him, that they can share their journey together," Sanchez told ABC News.
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, so Sanchez recorded videos of Sofia for social media — including one that went viral.
"Little miss, do you have Down syndrome?" she asked Sofia in the video.
"Yes, I do have Down syndrome," Sofia said. "It's something that's in my blood."
After Sofia said that her Down syndrome made her blood special, her mother asked if the genetic disorder was scary.
"No, it's not scary," Sofia said in the video. "It's so exciting."
As of October 17, the video has received over 6 million views.
"She is basically being a self-advocate for people with a disability and that they have a love of life," Sanchez told ABC News.
One out of every 691 babies born in the United States has Down syndrome, but there is still a social stigma associated with the disorder. Sofia's adorable video is one way to destroy the stigma and to raise awareness for Down syndrome.
After the video went viral, many people thanked Sofia and her mom on social media.
"I've read message after message saying, 'It's so inspiring to hear about someone who loves themselves so much,'" Sanchez told CBS News. "I realized that I don't think people hear enough from people with the disability describe just how great they feel about themselves."
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