Blake Pyron was born with Down Syndrome. On 7th May, the 20-year-old opened a snow cone shack in Texas, and this made him the youngest business owner in his hometown.

Blake’s dream to open a business of his own started shortly after his high school graduation. Blake worked at a barbeque restaurant for a while and loved every minute of it, but the place was shut down a month after the end of his senior year. He was not going to let his disability hold him back.

“We are changing how people look at people that have special needs, and that’s what we want to continue to do,” said Maryann Pyron, Blake’s mother.

His mother explained that Blake wanted to find a job, but the opportunities in their hometown were limited. So their family got together and thought of Blake’s choices. He was interested in snow cones and so it was decided.

On Saturday, his snow shack opened for business, and he had nothing less than a successful day of business, his dad said the amount of people that came to support Blake was actually quite intimidating, he also said it was amazing to see the amount of people that came out. Blake was just so proud and loved being around all the people.

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Blake’s brother helped him come up with creative flavours, like “Hulk” and “Shark Attack.” Blake’s major role will be in customer service since that is his strength. His mother hopes that her family’s story would inspire more people with children with special needs to stop listening to societies and never put limits on their child.

“You don’t know us. You don’t know our child, so don’t label him. We haven’t, and he turned out great,”

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