“My name is Dave West and I’m Kaley’s dad, and I love her very much. 1,800 times worth,” the voice of their late father can be heard at the beginning of the song.
“Over the next 4 months, I was scanned every 2 weeks. I had to slowly watch my son break down. First, his little eyes, nose, and beautiful lips became harder to see. Then his tiny fingers and toes started to fuse together. Finally, it got to the point where he lost all of his features. It was torture. I just wanted the day to come so I could get him out and grieve. But I also didn’t want to give birth because I knew once he was out, he was gone forever.”
“When I was 14, my parents surprisingly had another child with Down syndrome. My mother went through a year of emotional breakdown. She felt humiliated.”
“I’m not looking for a mother, I just want some answers. But the reason for this story isn’t Ed and I. The real reason for this story is the twins.”
“We’ve actually switched classes before in middle school, and gone to work for each other. The perks are endless!”
“He was given the prognosis of ‘probably never being able to walk, talk, or become a productive member of society.’ What does that even mean? I can’t think of a fate worse than those cold words.”
“How badly I want you to use his life to turn yours around.”
“He is 16, and this was his first date and first time inviting a girl over.”
“If you see a kid flapping their arms, don’t laugh. If you see an adult having a meltdown, don’t stare. If they go for a hug or high five, don’t shy away. A smile from a stranger can quite literally change our day.”
“Just know, I love you,” the frightened younger brother texted as the gunman was on his rampage.