Sunday, October 11, 2009

Buddy Walks

I am including a post about Buddy Walks, so that those who are not familiar with them, can become informed. I have to admit that we were not really up on the information until this summer when I started to really read blogs out there. When everyone started writing about them in September, I assumed that we had missed out on the Dallas Walk. However, after looking it up it is in November, when it is much cooler and more enjoyable to walk outside:) We are busy that weekend, but really want to take part next year in the walk to help promote awareness and to help with programs that help those with Down syndrome and so much more. Here is a bit about Buddy Walks. I will also include a link from the spokesman. This year it is John McGinley and his son Max. You might recognize him from TV. He plays Dr. Cox on the show Scrubs.

The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Today, the Buddy Walk® program is supported nationally by NDSS and organized at the local level by parent support groups, schools and other organizations and individuals.

Over the past fourteen years, the Buddy Walk® program has grown from 17 walks to more than 280 expected in 2009 across the country and around the world. Last year alone, 250,000 people participated in a Buddy Walk®! They raised $10.5 million to benefit national education, research and advocacy initiatives, as well as local programs. These funds enable NDSS and local groups to offer services that support and enhance the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

The Buddy Walk® is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. It is a wonderful, heart-warming event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. Whether you have Down Syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, come and join a Buddy Walk® in your local community!

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