FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield resident John Clancy says his sister Annie’s “joy and smile touches everyone she meets. Now, the whole world will be able to see that smile in a national ad campaign.
Clancy wrote an essay about his sister, who has Down syndrome, and his family’s experiences. The story, titled “Amazing Annie,” is now being featured in a video ad campaign sponsored by the National Down Syndrome Society as part of its "My Great Story Project."
"Annie has taught me compassion, more than anything,” Clancy says in the video. “Never judge a book by its cover – there’s always more to the story. Once you get to know somebody and really discover their talents, you see them in a whole different light.”
In particular, Clancy's story talks about his sister’s kindness, especially her role as “Nurse Annie” whenever a family member gets sick. He also fondly mentions her love of music — to the point that she’ll call him whenever she hears a Bon Jovi song on the radio.
The National Down Syndrome Society started the project “to ignite a new way of thinking about people with Down syndrome by sharing stories written by and about them.” The society encourages people to leave stories about their experiences with Down syndrome in its “Virtual Storybook.” The organization selected 10 stories to be featured in national public service announcements.
“I think everyone has a great story. Join me in watching these great stories about inspiring people with Down syndrome,” says actor Chris Burke, actor and goodwill ambassador for the society.
Annie also is a budding artist, and has used her work to help the society. She turned some of her drawings into cards, which she sold at the society's women’s luncheon and online to raise money for the organization.
The "My Great Story Project" video is not the first time the Clancys have been featured on national media. Nickelodeon filmed a PSA with the family a few years ago to help dispel some of the myths about Annie’s condition.
To read more about the Great Story Project and see more videos, visit the NDSS website.
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