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Sharing the stage with his brother

by Patrice Walsh

Since their birth almost 18 years ago, Ty and Austin Coppola have shared a special bond. They are twins, brothers and buddies. They played sports together and attended Fairport schools until Ty needed more services. He was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth.

But not even different schools could separate these two. Austin will attend Nazareth College in the fall. He chose to go there because its close enough where he can visit Ty. Hes also pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy because of the help PTs gave his brother.

But first there is high school graduation. Austin told his parents he wasnt graduating without Ty. He wanted to cross the stage with his brother, because they have always been a team.

Cheryl Coppola cried when her son told her that and immediately called Fairport High School. They were on board and added Tys name to the list. When she called Jostens to order a second cap and gown, they heard the story and gave it to her for free because they were so touched.

Cheryl and Mike Coppola said they are so proud of both of their sons. They said Ty has brought their family closer together and brought out the best in all of them.
They said Austin has always been a great kid and a wonderful brother, who watches Ty after school.

They said they are touched that Austin wanted to share the most special day in his life with his twin brother. They said he has not only given Ty a memorable moment but has also given them their wish: to see both their sons graduate from high school.

The graduation is Thursday June 26th at the Blue Cross Arena. Family and friends will be there. Austin Coppola tells us hes more excited for Ty than for himself and cant wait to hear Tys name announced.

A proud moment for this family and a special graduation indeed.

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Washington Times