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Get to Know: Madyson

Madyson is a subdued and quiet 12-year-old girl and the eldest of four children. Her parents adopted her youngest sibling, 3-year-old Autumn, from China earlier this year. “As a baby, Madyson’s smile melted my heart and it still does,” says the girls’ mom, Heather. “I fell in love with Down syndrome because of Madyson.” And that is, in part, what led the Batchelders across the globe to adopt another child with a little something extra. Madyson loves sports, especially bicycling, kayaking, dance and cheerleading. She enjoys playing with dolls and is learning to sew.