Friday, October 4, 2013

Rachel: Part 2 - Buddy Walk

 
 
This month, all around the country, people of all ages will be participating in a Buddy Walk.  This fun, one-mile event is affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), and its purpose is to unite family and friends, raise awareness about Down Syndrome and talk about inclusion, and raise funds.  The funds raised by a Buddy Walk are used in the form of scholarships to aid in costs associated with therapies, equipment, medical bills, and fun group trips such as the Hands-On Children's Museum and horse riding therapy.  The NDSS also receives a portion of raised funds to help individuals pay for college, therapy camps, research and more. 

 
Rachel talks about her family's personal experience and involvement with their local Buddy Walk.
"Jacoby was only 2.5 months old at his first Buddy Walk...Eric and I became the co-chairmen for our local walk two years ago and it's one of the highlights of our year.  We get to meet new families blessed with a new baby and have gotten to know quite a few young adults with DS, who prove to be productive and wonderful members of our community...It's so touching.  My heart almost bursts seeing so many people come to support Jacoby and his friends.  I ALWAYS cry.  Never fails."
Last year, their Buddy Walk had almost 500 participants including family members, friends, co-workers, and teachers.  I know this is very last minute, but if you live in the Puget Sound area and would like to participate in this year's Buddy Walk, it is happening TOMORROW!  Here's what you need to know:

Saturday, October 5, 2013
 
Registration 9:00 a.m.
Program and Walk 10:00 a.m.
 
Fire Station #34
8407 Steilacoom Rd
Lacy, WA 98513
 
You can find out more information at www.southsoundupwithdowns.com.  If you cannot attend (because I am totally not giving you enough notice), mark you calendar for October 2014 and maybe we'll see you there!  We're on a mini vacation right now, otherwise we would happily be walking in support of Jacoby this year.
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