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Mid-Michigan girl educates classmates on Dwarfism

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ABC12 first introduced you to Chapin Kartsounes 10 years ago when she was just 3 years old. The happy, outgoing toddler has grown into an equally cheerful 13 year old.

"She truly is a delight. She's not only motivational, but she has a great sense of humor," said her Fenton Middle School Principal, Heidie Ciesielski.

At 6 months old, Chapin's parents learned she was born with SED, a form of dwarfism. Simply put, Chapin is shorter than her peers.

"She's no different then anyone else. She has feelings. She's just smaller than everyone else and there's no difference between that. It's just life," said friend, Madison Gerych.

The organization, Little People of America, has designated October as Dwarfism Awareness month. To help spread the message, Chapin tried to color-coordinate her classmates on Monday via Facebook.

"It was really shocking, I thought only a couple people would remember to wear green," Chapin said.

Instead, dozens of Chapin's classmates at Fenton High School dressed in green and plenty of teachers and other staff did the same. The show of support brought the principal to tears.

"Kids are genuine and I think if you give them the chance to show that, they won't let you down, that's for sure. When your kids do those things, it makes you proud, that's all," Ciesielski said.

Chapin hopes it sent a message of unity. "I'm no different, I want them to know what dwarfism is and it doesn't make me any different from them."

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