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Police Cars, Crisscrossed Standoffs and Sock-Stealing Elves: How Down Syndrome and My Brother Justin Inspired Me to Change the World

Justin is my little brother and my favorite human being. He’s 24 years old and he loves Elvis, the Beatles, bowling, and the TV show Glee. Every time I talk to him he tells me — in detail — the plot of latest episode he’s watched (he’s seen all six seasons innumerable times). He wants to be an actor and musician someday but, for now, he interns at a local theater. 

He just finished two years of study at UCLA and is a proud Bruin. He lives in an apartment with a roommate and he spends his days working, cooking for himself, and watching TV. Oh yeah, and Justin has Down syndrome. 

He has one extra chromosome and it makes him see the world a little differently. He has also helped me to see the world differently and I know that it will help me to be a better physician.

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