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Viola Smith, 23, is the legal guardian for her brother, Joey, 25, who is autistic.

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Viola Smith's hero will never save the world. All he has to do is smile, give her a hug or sing a song - and she is totally inspired.


"I love my brother," said 23-year-old Viola, an Alexandria resident. "He doesn't care what people think or say. He can't really take it all in and understand, but he still smiles, he still does things every day. And he is carefree.

"In a way, he is my hero."

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