Danielle, aka Dee, has showed endless strength through her participation in Special Olympics. Although Dee has struggled to walk most of her life, she worked hard to be able to complete her first kids marathon 2 years ago, walking all on her own for the full mile. Dee also competes in swimming, bowling, track and field and the softball throw with Special Olympics. In addition to sports, Dee loves kids and will be attending college this fall to become a child care teacher.

Dee’s words to live by:

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”

Along with #AerieREAL Role Models, Aly Raisman and Iskra, we were so excited to welcome Dee and 6 other Special Olympics athletes to our photo studio for a full day of #AerieREAL in honor of Global Week of Inclusion.

See more from Dee and our day celebrating Special Olympics athletes here.

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