Sorority accepts first Down syndrome student

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MURRAY, KY - A student at Kentucky’s Murray State University is proving that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.

She is the first students at the university to be accepted into a sorority with Down syndrome.

Amanda Roberts reports.

Parents dream their children are successful, happy, and loved.

Although sometimes seeing them lunch with a loving group is all that's needed to see those dreams come to reality.

(Student): "I call her the girl that's changing Greek life here at Murray."

Alexis Cain is the first female student at Murray State accepted into Greek life with Down syndrome.

(Alexis Cain): "I just thought, wow, wouldn't it be nice to be in a sorority?"

(Amanda Roberts): "More than 250 girls started the recruitment week, but when bid time came, Alexis was one of 233 who accepted a bid."

(Camme Cain): "I think it's great that she is helping to bring all of this to life."

Initially nervous about her daughter going Greek, her mom, Camme, says all those nerves disappeared when she saw Alexis with her second family.

(Camme Cain): "It was heartwarming. It's something you wish that every student with a disability of handicap could experience."

A family that's helped Alexis come into her own light, and challenge norms and stigmas across the country.

(Sarah Willmore): "The outward appearance and the brand of a sorority isn't what matters. It's the values that you hold true."

But her love and infectious personality stayed closer to home.

(Alli Friedline): "I can confidently say she's changed me, and I know she's changed a lot of other girls on campus too."

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