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Family takes pride in siblings' independence

MEDFORD — Daniel Maloney just got a promotion, his third in 11 years.

He’s an assistant cook at Medford Leas, where he serves up daily dishes such as marinated flank steak and butternut squash bisque for more than 200 residents at the retirement community.

Maloney has Fragile X Syndrome, the most-common inherited cause of intellectual impairment. He shares an apartment with his older sister, Jessica, who also has Fragile X.

Their younger sister, Kate, is the only Maloney sibling who did not inherit the syndrome. But Fragile X and other developmental disabilities are part of the fiber of her daily life as a special education teacher at Cherokee High School in Marlton.

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