As I was scrolling through Facebook last week I noticed a friend had posted something about raising money for the Buddy Walk in Los Angeles! Last year, Canon left the NICU on October 8 and the Buddy Walk was just one month later and there was no way we could make it! I have really wanted to get involved with other parents that have children with Down Syndrome but of course life is always getting in the way. Much of the time Canon is just like any other baby but sometimes there are set backs or missed mile stones and it would be nice to share experiences with people that are going through the same things. When I saw the post about the DSALA Buddy Walk being on October 26th I knew we had to rally whoever was free and go!!
This past week I gathered a couple of friends and family members, we signed up for the walk, made some T-Shirts, came up with a team name, raised over $700 cumulatively and for the first time we got to be a part of an event that supports the larger community of individuals with Down Syndrome! It was AWESOME!
The all day "Buddy Walk" event is hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles and held in the heart of LA by City Hall. Hundreds of families came together to celebrate individuals with Down Syndrome and the JOY they bring to our lives. It's hard to put into words how great it felt to spend the day in a COMMUNITY of families, friends and volunteers supporting people with DS BUT especially having the privilege of spending the day amongst people of all ages with Down Syndrome! Thanks to all of our donors who helped us raise over $700 in just 5 days and thanks to my dear friends and family that helped us to celebrate part of what makes Canon so special!!
|Uncle Mike and Aunt Katie with Canon|