The Hailey Herald

The Hailey Herald

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Buddy Walk

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 sixteen years, the Buddy Walk program has grown from 17 walks to nearly 300 expected in 2011 across the country and around the world. Last year alone, 285,000 people participated in a Buddy Walk! They raised more than $11.2 million to benefit local programs and services as well as the national advocacy initiatives that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.

The Buddy Walk is a wonderful, heart-warming event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.

Our local Buddy Walk had 11,000 participants in 2010.  We were not emotionally ready for the Buddy Walk last year.  Hailey was recovering from open heart surgery and we were adjusting to our new "normal".  That was enough emotion for us for one year.  We did make the commitment though that we would join the walk this year.  We hope to get a team together but if not, we will walk the 5 of us....for Hailey.

Here is the video I made for her fundraiser page:

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