A snow cone shop with the motto “The Coldest Way To Warm Your Heart” is making waves after it became public knowledge that the owner is the youngest business owner with Down syndrome in Texas to run a company.
Twenty-two-year-old Blake Pyron runs the snow cone shop “Blake’s Snow Shack” in Sanger, Texas. Pyron serves as an inspiration for other young adults with Down syndrome seeking to start their own businesses. He worked at a local barbecue restaurant in high school and wanted to be able to make his own money after graduating.
Pyron pursued his dream of owning and running a food company, and founded the snow cone shop in October 2015.
Byron’s shop boasts 31 flavors, according to his company website.
Meet Blake, the youngest business owner in Texas with Down syndrome. At 22 years of age, Blake has inspired and touched millions of people. Watch his story this World Down Syndrome Day. #WDSD18 #DownSyndromeAwarenessday
— Live Action (@LiveAction) March 21, 2018
NASCAR sponsored Blake’s shop in 2016, emblazoning the shop name on one of its Sprint Cup cars.
Pyron is also a National Down Syndrome Ambassador.
Wednesday is World Down Syndrome Day World Syndrome Day, marking a celebration around the world aimed at raising awareness about the value of Down syndrome persons to society. The day has been officially recognized by the United Nations since 2012. (RELATED: Here’s What You Should Know About Down Syndrome Across America On World Down Syndrome Day)
Down syndrome is more common than any other chromosomal disorder, and roughly 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome every year in the U.S., according to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People with Down syndrome live to be roughly 47 years old and approximately 50 percent of all babies born with the disorder also have a congenital heart defect, the CDC also reported.
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