As late as 1983, the average age expectancy for a person born with Down Syndrome was only 25 years old. Frances Catherine Codispoti passed away early this year at the age of 64 years old.
But this wasn’t the first time Frances beat the odds set against her at birth. Born into a loving home, her family heard all the various opinions and proclamations about what her life would be like and why she would be better off living somewhere else … and they chose to ignore popular opinion and follow their hearts. Her 64 years on this Earth are testament to the fact that following your heart is the best avenue to pursue every time.