Brunswick girl going to Washington to describe fetal alcohol syndrome

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Brunswick-- Eleven-year-old Katia Demchuk talks openly about how difficult it is for her to learn in school.

"It's hard to remember. My eyes, they just don't focus sometimes," the Crestview Elementary fourth-grader said waving her hand toward her head.

Katia knows why. Her birth mother abused alcohol, and Katia was born with fetal alcohol syndrome.

But the slightly built, energetic child makes no excuses.

"My teacher gives me lots of hard work because she knows I can do it. I know I can do it. I won't give up," Katia said.

Katia plans to tell her story in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday during Hill Day for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

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