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Hero Central: Woman with Down Syndrome Wins Americans with Disabilities Contest

6:58 PM, Nov 9, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A First Coast woman is proving dreams do come true with hard work and faith.

Moira Rossi has a dream.

"To be like all the other stars in the world, like Michael Jackson, Simon Cowell, Gloria Ramsey, everyone," Rossi said. "Being a leader like President Barack Obama. Actually Barack Obama was the one who inspired me to go after my American Dream."

The University of North Florida graduate entered a video contest with "My American Dream - Voices of Americans with Disabilities."

Rossi, a 24-year-old with Down syndrome, got news from family and friends that her video had won.

"Just because you have a disability does not stop you from achieving your dreams or going after your ultimate goals in life," Rossi said.

Actor R.J. Mitte congratulated Rossi via Skype. Mitte, who has cerebral palsy, will serve as Rossi's mentor as she pursues her dream of becoming an actor.

Rossi is now one step closer to her dream of becoming an "international sensation."

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