These photo sessions in particular were very sweet. When I went home for Thanksgiving break, I kept my camera out so I could grab these in-between moments. Evangeline is my 16 year-old little sister and the inspiration for this project. She had open-heart surgery soon after being born—which is very typical for individuals with Downs—but other than that, she’s had no health complications. She’s gone to public school and taken courses with both mainstream students and her special needs classroom peers. She’s now a high school junior in Wilmington taking biology and art, among other classes. In recent years, she’s played basketball, tennis, taken dance lessons, gymnastics lessons, and is an active member of her Theater for All troupe. There has been no shortage of opportunities for her in Wilmington, and we’re so grateful for that. Growing up with Evangeline as a sister has made life so much richer.












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