A Special Kind of Hero: Chris Burke's Own Story

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Chris Burke became one of America's favorite personalities when he starred as "Corky" on the hit ABC television series Life Goes On. Not since Helen Keller has one person so thoroughly changed the way the world views people with disabilities.

Twenty-five years earlier, when Chris was born with Down syndrome, doctors advised his parents to put him in an institution. Instead, they showered him with love and encouraged him to reach for his dreams....

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Overview

Chris Burke became one of America's favorite personalities when he starred as "Corky" on the hit ABC television series Life Goes On. Not since Helen Keller has one person so thoroughly changed the way the world views people with disabilities.

Twenty-five years earlier, when Chris was born with Down syndrome, doctors advised his parents to put him in an institution. Instead, they showered him with love and encouraged him to reach for his dreams.

This is Chris' story, and the story of his family's love and determination. Here he tells what it's really like to grow up with Down syndrome...how he pursued his seemingly impossible show business goals...and how he has dedicated his life to helping people with special needs, especially those with what he calls "Up syndrome."

Journalist JoBeth McDaniel first wrote about Chris in a Life magazine cover story. For this book, she spent many months with Chris and his family, and interviewed dozens of his coworkers and friends.

Profoundly inspirational, A Special Kind of Hero is a triumphant story of courage and hope that proves Chris' motto: "Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goal."

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Editorial Reviews

Down Syndrome News
"Excellent...fascinating...a realistic portrait of an intriguing individual."
Literary Guild
"A poignant, joyful and inspirational story."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595192656
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,010,019
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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