(CNN) — I was born in January of 1986. A few hours after I was born, our doctor told my parents that I had Down syndrome.
A lot of people told my parents that they were very, very sorry. I guess they didn’t know then just how totally awesome I would turn out to be.
Growing up with three brothers was a lot of fun. They treated me like a brother — not like someone special or different. They never let me use my disability to get out of doing the dishes when it was my turn. I did try sometimes, though.
I started in Special Olympics when I was 13 years old. My Special Olympic sports are basketball, poly hockey, volleyball, golf and track and field. I have dozens of gold medals — way more than another Olympian, Michael Phelps Many of them are on display in my restaurant.