The story of Shellie Eyre is of a life lived with courage, determination and unrestricted love for everyone she meets. She was born in 1979 with Down syndrome and is the second child of a family of four children. At three years of age she experienced a major setback in the form of a stroke that left her paralyzed on her left side. But her optimistic outlook and her boundless perseverance made it obvious to all who knew her that she would succeed in overcoming whatever obstacles would be presented to her.
Her school years were a wonderful time of learning a gaining many friends. This culminated in her senior year at Murray High School in Utah when she was selected as the 1997 Homecoming Queen. She had been one of the most popular girls in school because of her easy smile and loving heart. Her landslide victory was due in part to a wonderfully accepting student body that embraced unselfish inclusion, and to Shellie’s attitude toward all her classmates. When asked why everyone liked Shellie so much, one of the students said, “It’s hard not to love Shellie when you know how much she loves you.”
The evening she was selected as Homecoming Queen was an experience that few will ever forget. Even the other Homecoming Candidates felt that there were no losers that night, but that they, and all who were there, had participated in an event where every person had won.
Shellie’s inspirational life is an example of what true beauty can be and where love, acceptance, and inclusion can triumph over any disabilities.
Note: Becca Winegar is the name of the actress that portrayed Shellie Eyre in this spot.
Girl: Alright you guys, it’s now time for the results of the Homecoming Queen election. The second attendant is, Denise Willard! The first attendant is, Katie Higgins!
And now, your Homecoming Queen is…Ok, here we go…Becca Winegar!
Music: “What makes you different, makes you beautiful, what’s there inside you shines through to me.”
ANNCR/SUPER: True Beauty…Pass It On. A message from The Foundation for a Better Life.
This is an excellent video. Great thanks!
Sr. Athens 14 days ago from Lahore
OMG this is the cutest thing ever! AWW
Catey and Lizzie 2 months ago from Boston, MA
GREAT GOOD FOR HER
RAYDEN 6 months ago from PINER MIDDLE SCOOL
this is amazing
Ella 6 months ago from south carolina
very inspiring but true story this P.S.A is telling and that What Makes You Different song makes me wonder who was singing it
Nancy Arrigo 7 months ago from Wenonah N.J
It's not about the beauty it is abut your kindness and your heart
Reyna 8 months ago from Rowland Heights
So incredibly heartwarming. It is so wonderful that this is a true story. It reminds me myself that there are beautiful people who truly recognize beauty in it's purest form.
Ariel 9 months ago from Potosi, WI
Cute story .... REALLY CUTE !
Aunna 9 months ago from Cascade Middle School
I like this commercial cause it's what's on the inside that counts!
Nancy 11 months ago from home
Mallory 11 months ago from Goshen,IN
kaylie over 1 year ago from school
Cheers to the great spirits of Murray High School in Utah 1997
rob over 1 year ago from bement, il
Truly Beautiful! My school has had a similar experience. Our home-coming king this year had autism and speech disabilities. He is one of the nicest people. Extremely generous, kind,and thoughtful. I love that that this school decided to show true compassion and define true beauty and that my school did the same. This video shows that true beauty comes from within the heart, not from the outside appearance.
Julie over 1 year ago from Florida
I think it shows heart and that you don't just judge a book by it's cover plus that you can't just judge what true beauty is and that it don't matter how different someone might be or look but that it only matters that they feel special too!
Jon over 1 year ago from TX, Austin
brooklyn almost 2 years ago from houston,tx
I like this commercial because winning isn't about the beauty on the outside, its about the beauty on the inside.
Christine A almost 2 years ago from Illinois
I have watched this video and I was inspired. Despite her situation she copes with her environment. Now I truly believe that even if they are special they can portray what normal people can do. My son is also a down syndrome baby. I hope and pray he will be like Shellie Eyre with a bright future ahead with proper care, love and most especially acceptance.
JOSEFINA D. MONTEVIRGEN almost 2 years ago from SANTIAGO, BOTOLAN, ZAMBALES, PHILIPPINES
Brings tears to my eyes every time. It's so great to see such amazing, beautiful teenage girls give the prize to another amazing girl that has the best beauty of all. The kind inside.
Melody M about 2 years ago from Bigfork, Montana
Missy about 2 years ago from CA
This is undoubtedly my favorite TV spot. If only more people in the world understood that this is true beauty...
Sarah over 2 years ago from Colorado
I love this commercial because I know what true beauty is, and I love it when others recognize true beauty over what a person looks like.
Sarah G over 2 years ago from Albany, New York
This commercial is now one of my favorites because it doesn't matter what that person looks on the outside, it matters on the inside
Zachary over 2 years ago from Pennsylvania
This clip reminds me of my aunt who has downs syndrome. We grew up together, me only being a few years younger than her. For her senior year in high school she was nominated and won Homecoming Queen. The local news even covered her story and she got to be on t.v. We were so proud of her and of the school. She keeps a video of the event and her winning tiara. I'm so grateful for those who can see her individual worth and give her such a wonderful memory.
E. Baute over 2 years ago from Salt Lake City
this is the one of the best video i had seen and thanks to the foundation .... like you guys every body should do good in their life it will change the world
ganesh over 2 years ago from india
this is such a blessed story, some people won't except others, it's wrong... 10 yrs old
madelyn cordero almost 3 years ago from nc monroe
This video really warms my heart. It's wonderful as i know that's a true story. Everything can happen and change our thinking ^^
" True Beauty " .
Anh Thi almost 3 years ago from Viet Nam
Truly beautiful this commercial. Everybody should see that all people in this world are beautiful no matter what.
Lexie T. about 3 years ago from Vancouver Canada
Your spots are all great, but this is one of the most touching and memorable. Wouldn't it be great to see this caring attitude manifested in schools across America? Thanks for highlighting true beauty!
Jhon over 3 years ago from Skyforest, California
I love this video! I grew up with my down syndrome Aunt Kathy.
When Becca walked out on the stage as the Homecoming Queen I saw my Aunt Kathy in Becca! They are identical! It gave me chills and I was so touched I got a big lump in my throat from this! I yelled It's Kathy on tv! I was so excited I called my Aunt Judy, Kathy's sister and shared this. This is so amazing to see how everyone can see just what beautiful people there are in this world! What a great message!
This is very meaningful!
Jennifer B over 3 years ago from Shelton, Washington
As an intermediate school counselor, I was ready to do classroom lessons on kindness today. When I saw a commercial late last night, I knew I had to share some of these commercials with my students. The entire student body will view them today. Thank you for making a difference!
Ron V. over 3 years ago from Texas
I LOVE THIS STORY!!!
Madi J over 3 years ago from Utah
I have never seen a better commercial in my life. This was so heartwarming. Thank you for the great messages you send to our nation.
Donna C. over 3 years ago from Chicago, IL
This is THE BEST video!
Jane, S over 3 years ago from Chicago
The song is "What Makes You Different (Makes You Beautiful)" by Backstreet Boys.
Rachel A. over 3 years ago from Denver, CO
Can anyone tell me the song that is playing in the background of this spot?
Kelly H over 3 years ago from Charlotte NC
My sister has Down Syndrome and EVERY TIME I see this commercial, the tears flow. She is such an inspiration and a blessing to us and I can see her on that stage waving at everyone.
Stephanie T. over 3 years ago from Memphis, TN
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this commercial!!! It's about time something like this is out there for everyone to see and reflect on. True beauty comes from within....bravo!!!
Robin over 3 years ago from Wilmington, NC
My wife trudee and I are the parents of eight amazing children. Our newest blessing Hope child number eight is now 17 days old and she has trisome21, better known as Down Syndrome. Hope is a true blessing and this commercial has moved us to tears because we know how lucky we are to have her and we see her future as bright as Shellie's. Thank you for such an inspiring commercial.
Mark B. over 3 years ago from Orting Washington
These videos inspire me so much! Thank you to everyone who helps make these videos!
Nick C. over 3 years ago from League City, Tx
I love love this! I cry every time I see it, I am so happy to see a school accept all types of people!
Jeanna G over 3 years ago from Arkansas
How WONDERFUL! Of the commercials, this one is my FAVORITE!! Thank you Values for showing the whole story!
Fran S. over 3 years ago from San Francisco, Ca
I wish the people in the high scool would do something like this to the ones who doesn't feel there True Beauty.
Daniele,C over 3 years ago from Lake Panasoffkee, Florida
This is a wonderful video and it has really touched my heart!
kendra h over 3 years ago from iduma elementrey
I am so glad that people realize how kind and special this girl is. She is truly inspiring me to be nice to everyone I know.
Madison almost 4 years ago from Kentucky
This is a truly inspirational commercial!
Chris, D almost 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada
I really do love this commercial! It always make me want to cry! I wish my school was like this...
Demari G. almost 4 years ago from CA, Sac.
I would like to say, at my high school, things like this happen all the time. It is incredible to watch the compassion that the people in my school have. We have a very special 4X4 team. The boys' baton actually is another boy from our school named Cam who is there 100% mentally, but he has cerebral palsy, and has since birth. They push him in a wheelchair made specially for running. Cam also won Prom King at our school.
Darcilee M. almost 4 years ago from West Jordan, Utah
I'm still crying from watching this commercial. It is great they put something like this on the TV. We need to start seeing that no matter who you are you can do what everyone else does! I have a little cousin with down syndrome and I just want her to be like everyone else and not been seen as different, or a "freak". She isn't any of them. None of these people are. They are all beautiful!
Sabrena C about 4 years ago from Odessa, Texas
This makes me sad that all the homecoming dances that I went to (I shuffled through different schools) always picked the "popular" girls based on looks and grades. I actually entered once, and overhead some girls were saying "Why did SHE enter? She's a freak," but with more colorful language.
This commercial is my favorite.
Sabrina N about 4 years ago from New York
I absolutely LOVE this ad! I'm in 7th grade, and one of my electives is Unified PE. In that class, we have PE with students that have Autism and Down Syndrome. I used this ad for an end of year PE project we are doing, and I think this is a wonderful advertisement! I wish have have this at our school.
Nabihah I about 4 years ago from SC
True beauty within and outside are Becca Winegar's undeniable attributes. She is a shining example
of authenticity, enthusiasm, and determination to succeed. She does not shy away from hard work it takes to reach a goal and develop her many talents! It is wonderful to see her recognized for herself and everyone winning in the process. I often wish that many more of us had her abilities! Becca's luminous smile that rises from her spirit within is unforgettable. She is a real inspiration along with her family.
Good luck with all you will yet do, Ms. Becca! Shine on..... and give us more commercials that really matter.
Lynn K. about 4 years ago from Mint Hill, NC
My 14 year old sister (I am 16) has down syndrome, and my Dad and I just saw this commercial, and I just teared up right away. It's very nice to see a commercial like this!
Julia Q. over 4 years ago from Michigan
As the mother of a son with special needs, I was thrilled to see this message and true story aired on TV via the Foundation for a Better Life! Thank you...this touched my heart.
Sunny W. over 4 years ago from Indianapolis
This made me tear up. It was adorable, I wish this would happen at my school.
Shelby O. over 4 years ago from Houston
Thank you for this wonderful story. After teaching Special Ed. students for 30yrs. what a blessing to see something so positive and heart warming and not negative.
D.Henderson over 4 years ago from St.Petersburg, Fl.
This is the best one. True beauty shines from within these are always so inspirational.
Cherisce C. over 4 years ago from Barbados
I was wondering which school this event was based on. The same thing happened at my niece's school in Columbus, Montana during the 2007-2008 school year. Like the kids in Shellie's school, the kids of Columbus High School were open hearted and accepting of someone who normally would never have a chance to become the Homecoming Queen.
Suzanne A. over 4 years ago from Riverside, CA
I loved this commercial. I saw it on television and it inspired me.
Lauren D. over 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD
This is one of my favorites. Our family smiles every time it comes on.
Sharon S. over 4 years ago from Round Lake Beach, IL
I love this video! Thank you so much for putting out there!!! My daughter is 11 and has Down Syndrome, everyone in her class loves her to. Thanks!! You have no idea what it means to us.
Jennifer G. over 4 years ago from Louisiana, MO
I truly wish that more children (especially in the teen years) would be more accepting of people with disabilities. My niece has Down Syndrome and I can only hope that people will truly open there hearts and minds because they deserve to have every opportunity. I love that you have the commercial during American Idol that's the audience we want to capture. THANKS!!
Caroline W. over 4 years ago from Miami, Fl
This is absolutely amazing! I saw this commercial on TV tonight and I was absolutely stunned; it really moved me. I'm so happy they made this it's amazing.
Stephanie B. over 4 years ago from Illinois
This brings tears to my eyes. It also happened in Purcellville, Virginia, at Loudoun Valley High School, four or five years ago. What a testament to the kids in the school!
Mike Merritt over 4 years ago from Upperville, Virginia
This commercial is so beautiful. This is how it should be because she will remember that for the rest of her life.
Kelsi T. over 4 years ago from Yulee, Florida
That happened two years ago at our High School in Aledo, TX. She won because she got more than half the school's votes. We are proud of her.
Danielle G. over 4 years ago from Aledo, TX
In a world that at times seems so broken, lost or all about self worth, something like this continues to show us just where the heart of people, touched by God, can be!
Mark G. over 4 years ago from California
Thank you for the back story about TWO remarkable young women.
I love your micro-movies!
Lydia G over 4 years ago from Near Seattle
There is not one time that I have seen this commercial where I am not brought to tears. What a beatiful testament to the good that can be found out there in a society that can seem self-absorbed so often.
Lisa B over 4 years ago from NJ
This is very touching.
Chris R. almost 5 years ago from New York, New York
My daughter Melanie and her date Stephen, were voted Prom King and Queen by the Class of 2007. Melanie has down syndrome and Stephen has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair. Only 7 out of the entire class didn't vote for them. For the King and Queen dance, Stephen got out of his wheelchair, and on his knees, danced with his Queen. This story made the Atlanta newspaper and we received hundreds of emails. This one act of love and unselfishness, touched thousands of people. And Melanie, reminds us daily that she is still the Queen, and she always will be. To the Pierce Co. High Class of 2007, you'll never know exactly how much you gave my daughter that night. Thank you.
Carol K. about 5 years ago from Blackshear, Georgia
I am looking forward to my daughter, Emma, who is now 3 and happens to have Down Syndrome, watching & understanding your commercials in the future. She has so much to offer this world and has taught many already so much!
Chirstine R. about 5 years ago from Mars Hill, NC
Homecoming is very special to me. The reason why is because my cousin is the same why and it makes me cry!!
Evalita L. about 5 years ago from CA
I was in the same graduating class as Shelly and I remember that day. What was not said in this "TV Spot" was that the 1st attendant was a girl who was also disabled, her name was April. It was a great feeling to know that we all loved these girls.
Jamie B. over 5 years ago from Lincoln, Ca.
I saw this more than once during the past winter, but always missed the first few seconds and therefore did not know it is based on a true story. Congratulations to both Shellie and Becca!
Robea over 5 years ago from Minnesota
This commercial is a tear jerkier and the story is beautiful! I am so glad there are good people somewhere in this world.
Michelle M. over 5 years ago from Spokane, WA
Everything I would say about this has already been said. It is amazing! I think it's a great reminder to help us remember that true beauty is what's inside. I know Becca and she is an amazing, sweet, beautiful girl! I am so grateful to know her. May we always strive to see the good in all people; to see, what I believe, the amazing potential and beauty is within. Thanks for the video!
Rachel C. over 5 years ago from Provo, Utah
Its almost impossible not to smile while watching this
Camille K. over 5 years ago from Colorado
Way to go Becca, you did such a wonderful job portraying Shellie! That could easily have been you as you are also so awesome, TALENTED and very loving. What an inspiring story!! Thank You.
Ramona N. over 5 years ago from Provo, Utah
Hi my name is Becca and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to make this commercial. It makes me happy to know that kids with Down Syndrome can contribute and make others happy. I am glad that I was chosen to do it.
Becca W. over 5 years ago from Provo, Utah
I love that this story was inspired by real life it really goes to show that there are people who do see true beauty and for someone who works in the field of disability who already sees the beauty in others it is hopeful
Amanda S. over 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada
This video is amazing! These people are so nice! She really deserved that.
Krysta B. over 5 years ago from Belle Plaine, Kansas
Hello admin, nice site ! Good content, eautiful design, thank !
Maggy over 5 years ago from New
You guys do a wonderful job. Keep up the good work.
over 5 years ago from Malcom
My high school elected a young man with Down Syndrome as our Homecoming King my senior year!
Jenna H. over 5 years ago from Rock Island, IL
This is my favorite one! When I saw this one for the first time it brought tears to my eyes. And now, my 8th time watching it, I still cry if not more than before. I always think about what if all high schools were like this? That would be a much better use of everyone's time-to think of others- than to just think about themselves.
Joelle T. over 5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan & Seattle, WA
I think this is one of my favorites. I spent the first 4 years of my school bus career driving special needs students, I loved them all. I see this ad and think how awesome that gal must be.
I had a downs syndrome student who was 8th Grade president, he was awesome!
I had sweet little Joshua who watched the planes fly while we waited for his mom to get home, and rascally Nathan...he was a crackup!
Just because they have special needs doesn't mean they're no less human, we're all the same inside.
Gina G. over 5 years ago from California
Everyone involved in this story are heroes and heroines. The classmates of Shellie are every bit as special as she is. You are all examples of what shining lights human beings can be
Porchlight I. over 5 years ago from Cottageville, SC
A wonderful example of true beauty, not the kind that is pushed on young people from Hollywood and magazines. A truly inspiring story.
Karen L. over 5 years ago from York, Pennsylvania
Boy, I'm speechless. This was beautiful and I cried. I always tell my granddaughter she can do anything she wants she just has to work at it, and just maybe she will be that "HOMECOMING QUEEN" of her high school,she has DOWNS SYNDROME also,I LOVE YOU HANNAH!
TERRIE H. over 5 years ago from MYRTLE BEACH, SC
She is beautiful. My daughter would not have voted for her. How do I make her see the beauty in everyone? I thought I was doing well...
Michele G. over 5 years ago from New Hampshire
Oh my gosh this is so sweet I almost cried... and the coolest thing is that this is a TRUE story witch is just AWESOME!
Jay over 5 years ago from
Just saw the true beauty commercial. It was a powerful and touching experience for me and I cry every time I see it. I hope it makes a difference in the world.
Kia L. over 5 years ago from Boston, MA
I am very proud of my daughter Lauren and she will achieve great things in this "better life" truly inspirational
Paul D. over 5 years ago from Toronto
Just saw your "True Victory" PSA on a DirecTV channel and had to immediately check out your web site. Thanks so much for what you do. My daughter could very well be that homecoming queen one day. Thank you and please keep on keeping on.
Donna B. over 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, Mississippi
My brother said this is the BEST spot on beauty that he's ever seen. He's a trucker and he said many of the guys were talking on this spot, how incredible awesome it is and when they learn that its based on true story, wow. She is incredible and all in her school, fantastic people. Definitely she radiates as do they, what true beauty is!!
Bev M. over 5 years ago from Canada
This is an amazing commercial. It is really inspiring- I play it all the time. All I can say is Thank You. I have friends who have Down syndrome, and this has really helped them.
Cory a. over 5 years ago from Columbia, SC, USA
My 8 year old grandson has Down's Syndrome. He is an inspiration to all of us. This short commercial brought tears to my eyes, and especially as I think about his future. Thank you for promoting our very special children in such a positive way.
Carol S. over 5 years ago from Underwood, Iowa
This is such a great message and it's really so great that that cute girl got the big prize!!!! She was so cute!
Teneille P. over 5 years ago from Utah
As the parent of a child with Down syndrome, thank you from the bottom of my heart. This spot gives me hope that people will see HIM and not just his disability. And that goes for everyone, no matter what their special needs are. Thank you!!!!
Beth G. over 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY
I love this commercial! It sends such a moving and powerful message to everyone that true beauty is not skin deep, and there's more to life then what's on the outside. Becca is a very beautiful and courageous young lady! By the way, who sings the song in the commercial? [The song is "What Makes You Different (Makes You Beautiful)" by Backstreet Boys.]
Jesse C. over 5 years ago from Seattle, WA
You have to treat some people special in order to show that they aren't different.
Eric V over 5 years ago from Portland, Maine
I came to see the "Cafeteria" spot on this site and I wanted to look and see what else this Foundation had. When I saw this it brought tears to my eyes. It reminds me exactly of my high school in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I hope we can all see the beauty in others, and lift everyone up.
Rebecca H. over 5 years ago from Rigby, Idaho
I think its sweet how they gave her a chance even though she was different.
Kelli A. over 5 years ago from Louisvile, KY
This commercial brought tears to my eyes because my brother is challenged, too. Whenever I see someone making the right choice with people like this, I try to tell them that they did the right thing.
Preston H. over 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas, United States
I love this commercial. This confirms that I am on the right track with my program encouraging children to embrace individuals with special needs. I have a 20 year old daughter who has Down Syndrome and she has taught me what my passion is. This commercial is worth a thousand words.
Terri M. almost 6 years ago from Atlantic City, NJ
This commercial makes smile every time I see it.
Mike B. almost 6 years ago from Seattle
I'm a mother of a boy with Down Syndrome. This commercial brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much.
Olga L. almost 6 years ago from Russia
The "Homecoming" commercial is great! I always smile when I see it. It really makes you think about what's important and inspires me to make a difference.
Dustin almost 6 years ago from California USA
This commercial makes me smile everytime I see it. Your amazing Becca!!
Thomas H. almost 6 years ago from Cimarron, KS
This video really made me smile. I have a cousin with Down Syndrome and I know what kind and amazing people they are.
Madi T. almost 6 years ago from NV
What an amazing story of hope. Our daughter Arianna, who has Down Syndrome, is the heart and soul of our family.
Hector B. almost 6 years ago from Wagon Mound, NM
I truly deeply feel that the impact of this story will help many, it truly has helped me.
Guillermo, D almost 6 years ago from China
This is the best commercial ever! A girl with Down Syndrome at my high school won Prom Queen 08' she was so happy and the guy she wanted to dance with had a girlfriend but he still danced with her on the first slow dance!!!
almost 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ
I love you Becca! You inspire me every day!!!
Andy C. almost 6 years ago from South Africa
This commercial has really inspired me and my family. I have learned to treat people with better respect. Thank you to the people who thought of this commercial, I truly do thank you.
Gina V. almost 6 years ago from California
My older sister has Down Syndrome and I know the love that they show to everyone. I love this clip, and it is my favorite TV spot. Thank you so much for posting this on-air, it means a lot to those of us with a family member with a mental handicap in their family. She's one of my best friends.
Tam C. almost 6 years ago from Warrenton, Missouri
I'd watch more television if you wrote the shows and the ads. This is the best 30 seconds of television.
Susan E. almost 6 years ago from Denver
Finally, a commercial that lets the rest of the world experience the true inspiration my family gets to enjoy everyday. Acceptance for who you are inside and out.
Angie W. almost 6 years ago from Poplar Bluff, MO
What is the song for this commercial? My child has Down Syndrome and I hope to play this at her birthday party. ["What Makes You Different (Makes You Beautiful)" by Backstreet Boys, from the Princess Diaries Soundtrack.]
Sarah A. almost 6 years ago from New York, USA
This commercial is lovely. Every time I see it, it never fails to touch my heart and bring a tear to my eye. After the first time I watched this commercial, I opened my eyes. Thank you, for showing me there's hope.
Erin B. almost 6 years ago from San Diego, CA
"Impressive! You are geniuses and fill all of us with hope. Keep it up! Thanks for all you do. Many thanks and more..."
Javier B. almost 6 years ago from Córdoba, Argentina
This spot made me cry. She really deserves this and it's truly amazing that people have her back in this TV spot. Thanks for showing me that there is hope.
Kristie K almost 6 years ago from Thousand Oaks, CA
I love this commercial. I have a friend with Down Syndrome and every time someone calls her names I stand up for her. She's really nice too.
Devon P., age 14 about 6 years ago from Wolcott, New York
This is probably one of the best commercials of FBL. What makes the world such an amazing place to live is that we are all different and unique; it would surely be a boring place to live if we were all the same. Great work!
Glen R about 6 years ago from Canberra, Australia
What I think is amazing about this commercial is that it's a real head-turner and conversation-starter. I've had talks with my relatives about it, and it got them thinking. I think that's what's going to make this campaign more successful.
Nicah S. about 6 years ago from Pasig City, Philippines
I have found your ads touching but this one hit home. I have an uncle with Down syndrome and I'm so thankful for your acceptance message. They are truly special.
Travis J. about 6 years ago from West Virginia
Hi seen this commercial back in January. I am an army wife stationed in Mannheim. When I first saw this commercial (while I still was pregnant) I thought how beautiful and cool it was to have a homecoming queen with Down syndrome! Well in February I gave birth to a little boy who was diagnosed with Down syndrome just after he was born! Now when I see this commercial, it brings tears to my eyes! All children deserve opportunities like this, especially my son.
Heather C. about 6 years ago from USAG Mannheim, BFV Germany
It is nice to see that all differences are embraced. No one should hang their head in shame for any reason in a country that was created with the ideal of equality as the core of its being.
When you come down to it - if everyone remembered their own uniqueness then a commercial like this one would not be viewed with such amazement.
However, we humans do need a reality check every now and then. On behalf of my son, my family and myself I am extending our heartfelt thanks for keeping us all real.
Joanne S over 6 years ago from PA
WOW that was awesome! I have a beautiful 12 year old princess with DS.
Deanna L over 6 years ago from Hawaii
My grandaughter has DS and she is our beautiful queen, she touches everyone's heart who knows here.
Darla S over 6 years ago from West Virginia
This is very touching. We need more of these commercials popping up spontaneously, to let the world know......people with DS are here to stay. yeah!! I am mother to DS daughter 19.
Monique Z over 6 years ago from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
What a feel good commercal. My grandson has Down Syndrome, and since he has come into our lives, he has introduced us to a whole new world of joy. The happiness and true love that he has for everything is remarkable. It is about time that society can now embrace Down Syndrome and get to share these wonderful children with us.
Linda G over 6 years ago from Baltimore
Thank you! My baby boy as DS and it's so inspiring to hope that when he gets to be a teenager, other kids might treat him with love, friendship and respect
Sarah T. over 6 years ago from Los Angeles
Get to know someone with Down Syndrome and you'll really know the meaning of "beauty lies within." I love this commercial because it reveals that potential to the whole world and perhaps inspires someone out there without Down Syndrome to stop and meet and make a friends with someone with Down Syndrome. If you do that for yourself, you'll bring happiness to your new friend, and you'll receive happiness tenfold in return. I'm learning that every day from my four-year-old daughter who was born with Down Syndrome. I'm lucky to get to hang out with her.
Sarah E. over 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD
Wonderful, an example of energy and enthusiasm!
Mary C over 6 years ago from London
This commercial brought tears to my eyes! Tears of joy! I have a 9 mo. old baby boy with Down syndrome and everyday I wonder how he will be accepted in our often cruel society! This gives me hope!
Benita H. over 6 years ago from
I was so excited about this commercial. I told everyone at my work the following day. I only wish there were more like these on TV. Thank you so much for the good cry!
April H. over 6 years ago from Indiana, USA
Great commercial. Love it
Juvy S over 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA
My 7 year old daughter has down syndrome. This commercial brought tears to my eyes. Absolutely Wonderful!
Karen F over 6 years ago from Wolcottville, IN USA
(it is about time!!)
Angela Wesley over 6 years ago from Houston, TX
As a mother to a beautiful perfect son with DS this commercial made me smile and filled my heart with the joy and hope that others see the perfect little human being that I am privliged to have in my life.
MH over 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ
Our society desperately needs to be reminded of the innate worth of all human beings. I applaud and salute you for your commercial about the homecoming queen who has Down syndrome. Keep up the great work.
Lori B. over 6 years ago from Austin, Texas USA
There is no cure for Down syndrome but ACCEPTANCE sure does come close. Thanks for the great commercial airing at a great time during American Idol!
Santa C over 6 years ago from New Jersey
Thanks for making my day with this ad! How wonderful to present individuals with a disability in a positive, respectful and true light!
I know the beauty of Down syndrome. I live with it every day!
Robbin L. over 6 years ago from Pewaukee, WI
A ray of hope and light!!!
I saw this commercial last night and tears welled in my heart. I have a 13 yr old granddaughter with DS and I see her potential everyday. Keep up the great work. and thank you for the inspiration you bring to all.
Kathy C over 6 years ago from Perth Amboy NJ
Being a strong advocate and mother of a beautiful Down syndrome daughter, knowing that thousands of children were watching American Idol and saw this commercial lifts me up. I LOVE IT
C Sevier over 6 years ago from West Virginia
I watched this one over and over and it brings tears to my eyes each time. My daughter with Down Syndrome is MY homecoming queen. How wonderful of you to remind the world what beauty lies within all of us.
Sue C. over 6 years ago from Bridgewater, NJ
So cool that you got a spot on American Idol! My oldest daughter and I were thrilled! She has a younger sister who has Down syndrome. And yes...she too is truly beautiful! Thanks!
Nicole M over 6 years ago from Kentucky
Kathy R. over 6 years ago from South Bend, IN
This commercial really hits home. I have a 30 year old sister with Down Syndrome. When I saw this it put a smile on my face! This commercial will inspire those with disabilites, it will show them that anything is possible!
I cannot wait to share this video clip with my sister! Thank you!
Cheryl C. over 6 years ago from Virginia
I really like this commercial! When I grow up, I want to help kids with down syndrome. This video is my favoite, and it has given me a even better reason to want to volunteer!
Mariah W. over 6 years ago from Dallas, TX
Beautiful! Very inspiring. I have a daughter with Down Syndrome named Destinee and she is just 29 months old. Everyday of my life I wonder how will the world accept my daughter when she grows older. This commercial just strenghtens my hope for her.
Thanks for sharing.
Sue A. over 6 years ago from Glenview, Illinois
These videos are beautifully done. They teach people the right things to do and say. And we all need that, so thanks so much for that.
Paul B. over 6 years ago from Santa Maria, California, USA
The song is "What Makes You Different (Makes You Beautiful" by Backstreet Boys.
Susan Stone over 6 years ago from California
This homecoming queen is great to see. I have a 14 year old daughter that is Down syndrome and it is great to see them win.
Shawnea K. over 6 years ago from Georgetown, Ohio USA
It's nice to know that an attractive young woman would acknowledge someone who deserves praise from others. These videos are great, because they teach us many morals that we can pertain throughout life.
John A. over 6 years ago from Soledad, California USA
I love the "Homecoming" commercial so much. The music is great too. I love all the TV ads, keep up the great work. I have told all my friends about this website!
Dominique over 6 years ago from Kamloops, British Columbia USA
The TV "Homecoming" commercial is my favorite so far. So nice to see a young lady with Down syndrome win. The music lyrics "what makes you different makes you beautiful" are so true. This inspires myself and my daughter to remember true beauty comes from within.
Karen B. over 6 years ago from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Yay! Great commercial.
Marie G. over 6 years ago from California, USA
These videos are great!!! I love them!
Laura H. over 6 years ago from Cabot, Arkansas USA
This inspires me a lot. Thank you!
Laura H. over 6 years ago from Cabot , Arkansas USA
Alvin Y. over 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario Canada
This is a good commercial. And the right thing to do
Quinn C. over 6 years ago from Peterborough, Ontario Canada