Monday, April 23, 2012

boy with Down syndrome becomes Eagle Scout

from KVUE News:

Reaching a major milestone, an Austin scout had to over come a special challenge to reach his goal.

Sunday afternoon 17-year-old Ty Harvey was recognized for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. In order to reach this prestigious rank, he built five picnic tables for Laurel Mountain Elementary. Harvey raised more than $1,300 for the project and planned it all out himself. Harvey met his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout while holding down a job, doing volunteer work, going to school and dealing with the challenge of Down syndrome. He said it's a good feeling to know so many people were behind him.

"I said wow, that is so amazing," Harvey said. "I can't believe I see so many of my people to support me."

"It has just been a tremendous journey," said Harvey's father Paul. "I would have never believed we would have gotten to this point with him as an Eagle Scout."

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