Sibling Spotlight Series: Gianna and Chris Rahill


What do you want the world to know about your sibling?

Gianna: Chris makes me smile - he says Happy Birthday to me and gives me presents. He buys me fashion dresses, makes me laugh, he makes jokes. He asks me, “How was your day?”. He has a beautiful face. 

Chris: The most important thing I want the world to know about Gianna is how she is more alike than different in so many ways. I think people sometimes look at individuals with Down syndrome, and they assume that they can't do things that typical kids can do. We see it the exact opposite way. Gianna can do just about anything she puts her mind to, and we are so proud of her for that. She excels in school, plays for the CYO basketball team, takes dance class, participates in the school play, and so much more. We want the world to treat her just the same as they would treat anyone else, because that’s the way she lives her life and wants to be treated.

How has your sibling surprised you?

Gianna: Chris yells, “Surprise!” and he makes me a cake.

Chris: She is so, so smart. She really surprises me sometimes with the things that she knows and remembers. She will ask me about things that happened months or years ago, and it blows my mind sometimes that she can remember things in that much detail. It just makes me realize how intently she listens and pays attention during our conversations. I love having those little talks with Gianna, it makes me happy that we can connect like that.

What do you love most about your brother/sister?

Gianna: He loves me, he makes me happy, that’s it. He does stuff for me, like cleaning my room and helping me with my homework. Cut - this interview is over.

Chris: Wow, this is a tough one because there are so many things that I love about G. I think what I love most is how loving and caring she is. She always greets me with a smile and a big hug when I get home, and she always asks about my day. She notices when someone is sad or having a rough day, and she always wants to make them feel better. She genuinely cares about other people. She is like a mini-Mom in our family.