March 1, 2024 9:17 PM

Alex Starke

How Southwest Airlines Changed the World of a Young Man with Special Needs

Alex Starke of Wheaton, Illinois, 20, has Fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition that causes developmental disabilities. For Sarah, her mother, the excitement of planning a trip for her son to plane alone for the first time, to visit his uncle in Lakeland, Florida is worrying under any circumstances. Their worries were gone after their heart-felt experience with Southwest Airlines. His mother said that after the trip, it expanded his world.


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