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Patience and perseverance pay off

“Patience and persistence – that’s what you need to understand people and situations,” says high school student Desmen Lee.

On the basketball court, the captain of the Sarasota High School Sailors analyzes the action and steps up to the front line to ensure his teammates are positioned for the best shots and rebounds.

At home, when his little brother is acting out, Desmen runs through a mental checklist of triggers that could cause emotional distress in the youngster, who has non-verbal autism with sensory disturbance.

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Love for basketball and love for his family are the main positive motivations of Desmen. At the same time, they provided his greatest challenges.

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