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: