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Twin sisters with Down Syndrome among graduates of Rise Program

Updated: Jul. 27, 2017 at 5:02 PM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Kids treated Thursday morning's practice for Thursday night's Rise Graduation ceremony like the real thing.

That was enough to make one father emotional.

"And I was so proud of that moment. But it's the little things that really bring us joy," Bo Hines said.

Hines felt proud watching his 6-year-old twin daughters, Sally Cate and Anne Rogers, march down the aisle.

Both girls have down syndrome.

"We're incredibly proud of them, of their accomplishments. I'm incredibly grateful to the Rise Center, what they've been able to offer us and our children, the support and the skills that are going to last them a lifetime," Hines added.

The Hines sisters have attended the Rise program at the University of Alabama's Stallings Center to develop their verbal skills and physical coordination.

"There's nothing they can't do. And can't really is not part of the vocabulary at all," Cathleen Hines explained.

They'll perform skits along with classmates during graduation.

It's an example of the coordination they learned at Rise that will help them move forward to Verner Elementary School in the Fall.

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