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This Man With Down Syndrome Started His Own Sock Company


This man with down syndrome turned his passion for socks into his own company.

John Lee Cronin, 21, is the cofounder of John’s Crazy Socks.

His dad helps run the technical parts of the website, but says that john is the face of the business.

“[John] came up with the name and participates in discussions on issues such as which awareness socks to create.” -Mark Cronin, father

“There is no ‘make work’ for john. He has real responsibilities and works hard every day.”

John speaks with customers and suppliers, assembles packages and delivers local orders.

Since launching in December 2016, they have sold over 1,000 pairs of socks.

Each package includes a handwritten thank you note from John and candy.

“Our mission it to spread happiness through socks. Giving back is part of our spreading happiness.”

A portion of profits go to the Special Olympics as well as autism and Down syndrome nonprofits.

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