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2011 National Down Syndrome Society's Dan Piper Award

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Published on Oct 13, 2011

Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson
October 11, 2011

Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Matt Porter, of State College, Pennsylvania, the 2011 recipient of the National Down Syndrome Society's Dan Piper Award.

Dan Piper was a young man with Down syndrome who spent much of his life advocating on behalf of himself and others with Down Syndrome. He sadly passed away on September 1st, 2002.

In order to celebrate Dan's life, the Dan Piper Award was created to recognize an individual with Down Syndrome that has made similar contributions to awareness and advocacy.

Today, I am pleased and proud to recognize one of my constituents, Matt Porter, as the 2011 recipient of this great honor.

I've met Matt Porter on several occasions. Recently I joined him and others at the Centre County Down Syndrome Society's annual Buddy Walk.

However, my introduction to Matt was sometime before that, when Matt was recently here in Washington to raise awareness for the National Down Syndrome Society.

I find Matt to be an inspiring individual and commend him on the hard work with his employment, volunteering in the community, and advocating on behalf of others with Down Syndrome.

We all stand to learn a lot from this young leader's example.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I yield back.

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