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This Story Of A Father's Letter To His Daughter With Down Syndrome Will Destroy You

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ESPN on Tuesday posted the incredible story of Heath White, a pilot turned FBI agent from Texas, who has been writing a very special letter to his daughter, Paisley.

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The couple have known each other since middle school. Heath proposed to Jennifer in front of his Air Force graduation class. But the couple both admit that Paisley's looming birth brought the couple to a dark place.

He said these feelings of distance from his daughter and his family lasted until one day when he was playing with her, tickling her, and she giggled and laughed just like any other kid.


The two of them ran numerous 5K and 10K races over the last five years, totaling 321 miles. A special number for Heath: Down syndrome manifests as a third copy of the 21st chromosome.

Before you were born I only worried about how your disability reflected on me. Now there is no better mirror in the world. You're my light in the dark, and it's a privilege to be your dad. Love always, daddy.


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