My name is Chris Burke. I starred in ABC's family television series 'Life Goes On.' It was great to have my own TV show and to work with my co-stars Bill Smitrovich, Patti Lupone, Kellie Martin and Tracy Needham. This TV show has wonderful messages of what it's like to have parents and families raise their child and sibling who has Down syndrome. Now I work as the Goodwill Ambassador and office assistant 3 days a week at the National Down Syndrome Society. Working for NDSS really means A LOT to me. I first started in 1994 - 18 years ago. First, I became Editor of "News Views" and UpBeat. They were inspirational magazines for and by people with Down syndrome to write inspirational stories about themselves and to write about their P.O.V. (point of view) on certain topics and issues that are about the Down syndrome community. As NDSS Goodwill Ambassador I get to inspire people when I perform my music act with my friends Joe and John DeMasi at Buddy Walks®, schools, conferences, festivals and disability awareness concerts. I like to give a lot of inspirational messages when I perform. One is, "obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal." Another is, “believe in yourself, work hard and never give up...” Also, “It's not about our disabilities; it's our abilities that count.” I want everyone to know it's about passion and what you're good at. It's about having goals and dreams, and especially wanting things in life. My career (from Life Goes On, working for NDSS and performing my music) gave me the opportunity to do different things. I love my work very much and encourage everyone to think, "Yes, I can make a difference in my own life."