Sofia Sanchez

Though Sofia Sanchez was abandoned at birth, she had a gleam in her smile and spark in her eyes that lit even the darkest corners of her orphanage in Ukraine. Her light captured the hearts of the Sanchez family as they scrolled through pictures of orphans provided by Reece’s Rainbow, an adoption ministry that “Serves as a catalyst for social change internationally by setting an example of love, inclusion, acceptance, value, and potential for birth families of children with Down syndrome and other special needs.” This little “Ukrainian princess,” as the Sanchez family calls her, cast a new spectrum of color on their happy family of six. From the moment they added Sofia’s photographs to their blog, Super Sanchez Six, phone calls began ringing to feature Sofia in everything from parenting magazines to nightly news stories. It didn’t take long for Sofia to realize she was destined to spread her message about Down syndrome. “. . . It’s not scary, it’s so exciting!” said seven-year-old Sofia...

 

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