"I started dancing at the beginning of 2001 when I was 13 years old. We do hip-hop, modern, jazz, ballet, and everything else. We had a performance last night. I don't get nervous because I love to dance. I have a lot of friends in my dance group. That's where I met my boyfriend Kenny. He's funny and he makes me smile. I'm on my iPad doing FaceTime with him every night. He makes funny faces at me sometimes and makes me laugh.
"I have Down Syndrome, but I don't like talking about it all the time. I get tired of hearing the words. I'm just me. I'm Laurie."
March 21 isWorld Down Syndrome Awareness Day. For more information---