Jennifer Lawrence will receive the Down Syndrome of Louisville’s Friendship Award next week for her friendship with local Andy Strunk, who has the condition.
The Silver Linings Playbook actress is set to be awarded for her friendship with the Louisville local, who has Down Syndrome – a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21, with Jen knowing him since middle school.
A spokesperson told E! News:“Jennifer and Andy Strunk have been friends since their middle school days. Jennifer and Andy enjoy a loyal friendship of mutual encouragement and enjoy each other’s company. They text and speak on the phone quite frequently. Their families stay in close contact and continue a friendship too.
Our members and staff of Down Syndrome of Louisville are so very proud of Jennifer for staying true to her Louisville hometown roots while she achieves global recognition for her craft as an artist. We are thrilled that Andy will present the Friendship Award to her family.”
Jennifer will be unable to attend the ceremony on April 26 at the Mint Jubilee Gala, but her brother Blaine will accept the award on her behalf.