Douglas James Fry enjoys sports; he is a NASCAR, American football, baseball, and professional-wrestling fan. He has met famous athletes and sports figures like Dale Earnhardt, Mark Brunell, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Andy Barkett, and more. Doug has also worked twenty plus years at Publix Supermarkets as a model employee, is an avid traveler who has been to countless cruises, a video game enthusiast, a wannabe sailor, a singer, dancer, and all-around showman. He has touched the lives of people who have been fortunate enough to have met and befriended him. Doug is also a high-functioning young man with Down syndrome. This book chronicles Doug's adventures but also tells of a unique individual who is always outspoken, charming, and has a strong desire to be independent. By sharing Doug's story, the author-Doug's father, Gary Fry-hopes to give inspiration and courage to families who have a person in the family with a disability and to educate those who do not understand people with disabilities. That in the end, the best way to help someone with a disability is to be a very patient coach, teacher, advocate-and friend.
Martha on Amazon wrote:
I have to admit that I know the author, having graduated from the same small town high school, but have seen him once in the fifth years that have transpired since that time. A classmate suggested I read the story so out of curiosity, I downloaded it onto my Kindle. What a pleasant surprise! Mr Fry has put in words the trials and tribulations of raising a special needs son through a recollection of humorous life experiences that have resulted in raising a Downs Syndrome son to become a productive member of society. Doug's many adventures and the wonderful people who have crossed his path tell a story of how it takes a village to raise a child. However, it also shares how a loving family and a young man with a playful spirit and unending determination overcome the many obstacles of just trying to be "normal". Doug's Story is both hilarious and thought provoking. Any parent, family or friends who knows someone raising of interacting with a child or young adult with developmental disabilities needs to read this book. And to my fellow classmate Gary Fry; Great Job Lightning.
I really enjoyed reading Doug's Story, or should I say "The adventures of Doug" . This young man is just so amazing considering his disability. He has the ability to make friends with so many people including sports stars and higher-ups that you and I would never attempt to even try to meet. He has the loving support of his wonderful family and has gone to so many vacation spots that I have never been.
There are so many funny excerpts in the book that had me laughing. This book is a " must read".