12 Aug '17, 4am

Brother's battle with autism inspires semifinalist Albane Valenzuela

Brother's battle with autism inspires semifinalist Albane Valenzuela

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – At some point during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur, Alexis Valenzuela asked his big sister a lighthearted question: What’s your favorite ice cream? Albane’s answer: pistachio. The caddie and player carried on, likely smiling. As far as moments go, it was an insignificant exchange, Alexis’ keen way of diffusing pressure as Albane aimed to win the Women’s Amateur in her first attempt. But there’s beauty in the mundane. Especially for a young man who didn’t speak the first five years of his life. Now Alexis, 15, speaks French and English fluently, and can hold his own in Spanish. His fierce battle with autism shaped everyone in the Valenzuela family, particularly Albane, who wrote about it in the essay portion of her Stanford application. “My brother is kind of everything to me,” she said. Alexis first planned to caddie for his sister at ...

Full article: http://golfweek.com/2017/08/12/brothers-battle-with-autis...

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