21-year-old with Down syndrome turns his passion into multi-million dollar business

Around one in 700 babies is born with Down syndrome, a chromosomal disorder that can cause a wide range of developmental delays and physical disabilities.

There are many misconceptions concerning this relatively common condition, including the idea that people with Down syndrome are incapable of living happy, productive lives.

But now, one young man is showing the world that this belief is far from the truth.



John Lee Cronin, a 21-year-old from Long Island, New York, has been a sock enthusiast his whole life, and the crazier the sock design the better.

Working with his dad, Mark, the talented boy with Down syndrome started brainstorming business ideas when he graduated from high school.

Together with his dad he founded John’s Crazy Socks, a company that says it’s “on a mission to spread happiness through socks.” And despite most new businesses failing, this business has been hugely successful.

In their first year, the father-son duo made $1.4 million selling thousands of different kinds of socks.


John has put his own stamp on his business and takes a very hands-on approach, sending his customers candy and personal thank you notes. And if anyone places an order from within Long Island, he always tries to deliver the socks personally.

John and his dad’s business employ 12 full-time staff — eight of whom have disabilities. And their business donates five percent of its profits to the Special Olympics.

See some of John’s crazy sock designs below, they are sure to lift your spirits! 



What a wonderful inspiration John is, spreading joy with his wonderful sock designs!

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