13-year-old with Down Syndrome and personal trainer form brotherly bond: 'Parker is a blessing'

A Florida teen with Down syndrome and the man who trains him have formed a brotherly bond. 

Sammy Callari, 27, said 13-year-old Parker Seward is more than a client, he’s family. The pair, who met more than a year ago, train twice a week, but their relationship extends far beyond the gym

Read: 10-Year-Old With 'Sleeping Beauty Syndrome' Sleeps For Up to 20 Hours a Day

“Parker is a blessing. You would think he has Down syndrome and that there is going to be limitations. He might look like he has difficulty but I scratch that word out and say opportunities,” Callari told InsideEdition.com.

We work hard in the gym and no matter what life throws at us, positivity always wins.

A post shared by Sammy Callari (@sammycallari) on

Callari began training Parker after one of the previous trainers the teen worked with at a Naples gym went on a leave of absence.

“They asked me if I would be willing to work with him and I said ‘absolutely,’” Callari said. “Parker was the first client of mine that had a disability and before our first session I was a bit nervous but I was really excited.”

The duo had previously seen each other around the gym and exchanged high fives and jokes.

“The first session I’ll never forget it. It was an awesome experience because I remember leaving and driving home inspired. We didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, but it was his vibe that kind of filled me up,” Callari said. 

Parker’s mom, Annamaria Seward, said she wanted to get Parker into the gym because as he was aging, she felt he needed something to help him release his aggression.

“I thought it would be good for him to have a trainer so he’d have proper form and not get injured,” Seward said. “I didn’t imagine they’d have this bond. It was something special sent from above.”

7 PHOTOS
Notable people with Down Syndrome
See Gallery
Notable people with Down Syndrome
Actress Lauren Potter arrives at the 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California March 29, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (KIDSCHOICE-ARRIVALS)
Actor Luke Zimmerman arrives at Performing Arts Studio West First Annual Awards Gala held at Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 30, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actress Jamie Brewer attends Variety's Power of Women Luncheon 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Nominees for Documentary, producer Will Jessop and actor Tommy Jessop for 'Growing Up Down's' attend 43rd International Emmy Awards at New York Hilton on November 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 26: LIFE GOES ON - 'Corky Witnesses a Crime' - Season One - 11/26/89, Corky (Christopher Burke, right) became disillusioned with Tyler and Coach Delano after the coach struck a student., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: (L-R) Presenter Carl Lewis, Humanitarian Award honoree Timothy Shriver, actor Edward Barbanell and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg attend The Fashion Group International's 23rd Annual Night of Stars at Cipriani's 42nd Street, October 26, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Callari trained Parker for a few months before moving back to his hometown in Ohio, but while he was gone, he and Parker kept in touch through Facetime and letters. 

“The impact on him has been huge. From the first day on they have been the best of buds,” Seward said. 

Read: Nurse, 58, Adopts Twins With Rare Genetic Condition: 'I Just Fell in Love'

In December 2016, after three months Ohio, Callari made the decision to move back to Florida. He and Parker were then right back together in the gym again. 

“When I found out I’d be returning to Florida,  I facetimed Parker and the look on his face was overjoyed,” Callari said. “He has taught me so much more as a person than as a trainer. He can do anything he sets his mind to because of his attitude. He always has a smile on his face and for that to rub off on me in life is a blessing.”

Watch: 7-Year-Old Girl With Down Syndrome Inspires Thousands: 'I Can Do Anything'

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.