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'Colin Gets a Chance': A Child With Down Syndrome Finally Gets to Play the
Sport He Loves Thanks to the Understanding and Acceptance of His Teammates
SPRINGFIELD, Pa., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Brian A. Beale has written a touching
story on the acceptance of children during the most difficult of situations in
"Colin Gets a Chance" (published by AuthorHouse -- http://www.authorhouse.com/).
Coach Lee is typical of most; he wants to win so he plays the best players.
Colin is like all little boys that love the game of baseball; he just wants to
play. Only one thing has gotten between Colin and his dream. He has Down
syndrome. Colin knows he isn't the best on the team but he holds on to his dream
that one day he will get his chance. Colin's dream is about to come true.
The story takes place on the day of the biggest game of the year. The game is
tied, the winning run is on third, and Colin hasn't been chosen to play all
season. Colin sits on the bench and dreams of playing the game he loves when his
teammate, Billy, on behalf of the team, asks the coach to let Colin bat for him.
They all decided it was now their turn to cheer for Colin.
"Colin Gets a Chance" is a story about acceptance, leadership and hope. It
provides a unique approach to parents in opening up the lines of communication
with their children regarding a topic as sensitive as Down syndrome and the
significant impact children have on their peers. After all, everyone deserves "a
chance" in life.
Author Brian A. Beale wrote "Colin Gets a Chance" in honor of his son, Colin,
who was born in December 1998. Brian and his wife, Mary, were so excited about
having their first child when they were thrown life's biggest curveball with
just five words: "Your son has Down syndrome."
After receiving this news, Brian wiped the tears from his eyes, realizing it
didn't change the love he had for his newborn son, and he set out to turn the
experience into a positive one. Brian and Mary founded a non-profit foundation
to raise the awareness of Down syndrome and how much these individuals have to
offer, while donating the proceeds to special needs organizations, but Brian
always knew he wanted to do more.
With a Bachelor's Degree in English and a passion for writing, Brian decided to
write his first children's book in an effort to open up the lines of
communication between parents and teachers with their children regarding the
highly sensitive and often very delicate subject of Down syndrome and
disabilities in general.
All the illustrations in the book are completed by individuals with Down
syndrome, truly exemplifying what they can do if just given a chance. As Brian
collected illustrations for this book, he felt inspired, motivated, and
generally overwhelmed with a sense of pride and accomplishment, knowing how hard
each of these kids worked to be a part of this endeavor.
Brian and Mary live in Springfield, Pennsylvania with their son, Colin, and his
two younger sisters, Samantha and Chrissy, who are learning more every day about
Colin, Down syndrome, disabilities, and acceptance. Brian's hope is that through
his book, "Colin Gets a Chance," many other children will learn the same.