Watch This Friend Help Woman With Down Syndrome Overcome Stage Fright
28-year-old Suzy Cloutier and her mom Peggy have been attending events at STRIVE, a program for people with developmental disabilities, since she was a teenager. Suzy has many friends from the program and learned many things, from writing to cooking and handling money. So when STRIVE began expanding, staff members asked Suzy, who was born with Down syndrome, if she’d like to like to give a speech at the ribbon cutting ceremony. With cameras rolling and about 200 people in attendance, Suzy was hit with stage fright and began to cry. But seconds later, an old friend, Chandler Hawks, 25, gave her the boost she needed to continue. He approached the podium and hugged her, which pushed her to stand strong and continue making her speech, which was met with a grand applause during and before she finished.
"She's very brave," Peggy told ABC News. "I'm very proud of her."
Peggy also said Suzy has watched the video of her speech "about 100 times," and is able to laugh at her stage fright. Way to go, Suzy!