Meet Collette Divitto: The Baker With Down Syndrome Who Will Motivate You to Never Give Up On Your Dreams

When Collette Divitto was 22 years old, she decided that her love of baking was not just a hobby, but very likely could become a career.

But upon applying for open job positions, she was repeatedly turned away, despite bringing "samples of the cookies that her family and friends had raved about" to each interview.

"Many people who interviewed me for jobs said I was really nice but not a good fit for them," Divitto told Upworthy, adding that the consistent rejections were hurtful, but not dissuasive.

Now, at 26 years old, Divitto refuses to let the rejection of her past cause her to give up on her dreams. With the help of her sister and her mother, she began her own business called Collettey's Cookies.

Using her own cookie recipe, which she told CBS News would remain a secret, Divitto landed shelf space at Boston's Golden Goose Market in early December.

Just weeks later, news of her determination and delicious cookies has continued to spread, bringing in more than 8,000 orders to be baked by Divitto's team at their new facility.

"It’s my dream actually coming true," Divitto said.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Collettey's Cookies/Facebook