Linzey was never the "girl with Down Syndrome"
"I remember it like it was yesterday. It was 2010 and I was walking up the basketball court in PE when I was first approached by Linzey and we talked about her nails. For the next two years of high school, I knew her as the girl with pretty nails. It wasn't until 2012 when we were matched up by our high school "Best Buddies" program that my life changed FOREVER. Linzey and I became best friends fast and life long sisters even faster. To me, she was never the "girl with Down Syndrome." She went from being the girl with pretty nails, to my buddy, to my friend, to my sister, and to my Maid of Honor. She is an encourager, a sass queen, a dancer, a pure joy, a "bird brain," a "pest," a "pain in the butt," and whatever other silly insult we've adopted over the years. She is never just the "girl with Down Syndrome." She is so much more than that. She has showed me the true meaning of friendship and I can't imagine my life without her." -- Allison Schlieder, Linzey's best friend, sister, and advocate