Yesterday I had the privilege to participate in the National 2014 Buddy Walk Program. Admittedly, I was not aware of the Buddy Walk or its purpose. I woke up Saturday morning looking for a reason to cancel. It was 5:00 A.M. dark and raining. For me to be attend I had to wake my 5 year old son up out of his sleep, load him in the car and drive two hours. I really fought hard to find a reason to no show the event but I got up. I grumbled all the way to coffee pot. I decided I made a commitment to someone so I needed to get moving. I arrived to East Texas on time and ready to walk, unfortunately weather would not let the large crowd be fabulous. The event was moved inside and there was not enough room to technically walk. I don’t think people had a problem with that under the circumstance but there was plenty of indoor activities. I must say I was truly glad I did not miss this event.
There were people everywhere! The kids were present and entertained with all sorts of activities from face painting to huge bounce slides. Lunch was provided and vendors were there with support services, literature other informational booths. View Women had the opportunity to talk to families and play with children. One child I got the pleasure to hold and love on was Rayden. Rayden does not suffer from Down syndrome. He did not suffer from anything! Rayden is a child with Down syndrome and he was so full of life! I believe he was the happiest kid in the room. He was eager to dance and went from arm to arm passing that infectious smile. He was so playful and loving. He also had a huge team of crusaders to walk in support of Down syndrome. It was just amazing to see all the families and friends coming together for a cause that was near and dear to them. There was another little girl whose name I cannot remember but I do know she collected "Dimes for Downs" and she was able to raise over $500 in dimes! Excuse me while I gasp!
I must also admit I do not know of anyone personally touched with the chromosomal condition and don’t know much about it. I am learning and researching it from my own experiences at this event. If you or anyone you know has Down syndrome and is in need of a support group in the East Texas Area I would recommend contacting The East Texas Down Syndrome Group. The website site is www.etdsg.org and the contact number is 903.757.3516. They are a non-profit organization and they are affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Congress (www.ndsccenter.org) another source of information for new and expectant parents.
If you would like to know more about Down syndrome please tune in for the next blog post.
By Y. Smitty
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