October marks Down Syndrome Awareness Month in the United States, and one family is making waves in their bid to give a refreshing insight into the condition.


In a viral Instagram video shot by her mother, seven-year-old Sofia Sanchez has melted hearts all over the world with her take on life with Down syndrome.


Sofia, whose eight-year-old brother Joaquin also has the condition, is seen beaming with delight as her mother Jennifer asks her about Down syndrome.



Sofia has a bit more to share about Down syndrome for this wonderful month of awareness! #dsawareness #changingthefaceofbeauty #itsnotscaryatall

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Little Sofia absolutely owns it, saying it makes her blood ‘special’, and delivers a powerful response when asked if Down syndrome is ‘scary’.


“No, it’s NOT scary! It’s so exciting!” she tells the camera, before speaking excitedly about her forthcoming trip to Disneyland.


As you can imagine, people all over the world have been tickled pink by Sofia’s confidence and how she is embracing her life with Down syndrome.



Toontown with these tots!

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In an interview with a local news station, Jennifer said the success of Sofia’s video comes down to something very simple: self-love.


“I’ve read message after message saying, ‘It’s so inspiring to hear about someone who loves themselves so much’…I don’t think people hear enough from people with the disability describe just how great they feel about themselves,” she explained.


What an inspirational family.


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