How Lani DeMello Defied a Doctor's Predictions
Lani was born with Down syndrome and a heart defect. Her mother remembers the line: "She’s never going to achieve anything." Now, Lani is a Special Olympics gymnastics gold medalist many times over, a Special Olympics official and a gymnastics coach. She also works at a health clinic and volunteers her time as a clerk at a local high school. "Special Olympics made me a more outgoing person. Before, I was shy. Now I feel I can accomplish anything," says Special Olympics athlete Lani DeMello.