It’s time for the 2012 Dallas Buddy Walk!
What’s the Buddy Walk?
If you don’t know much about the Buddy Walk it’s an annual Down syndrome awareness event started by the National Down Syndrome Society that takes place in cities all across the United States. In addition to creating awareness, the Buddy Walk raises funds to help provide resources to people with Down syndrome and their families. In fact, our local Down Syndrome support group provided us with some great resources when Noah was born…which was a life saver for us considering how our hospital provided us with almost none. #HospitalFail
We were in New York a few weeks ago to take part in the New York Buddy Walk (and see Noah’s picture in Times Square!) This will be the second year in a row for us to be a part of the Dallas Buddy Walk (be sure to check out my thoughts on our first Buddy Walk.) We’re excited to hang out with so many of the friends we’ve made in real life as well as meet some of the new ones we’ve meet through this site and our Facebook page.
Will You Be One Of Noah’s Game Changers?
Noah’s team name this year is “Noah’s Game Changers” and we’d love for all of the game changers who read this blog and / or hang out with us on our Facebook page to be a part of the “Noah’s Game Changers Team.” No matter where you live you can be one of Noah’s Game changers…here’s how!
1. Walk With Us
If you live in the DFW area we would love for you to come out to Victory Park and walk in the Buddy Walk with us! If you’re the parent of a child with Down syndrome you probably already have your own Buddy Walk team participating in the walk. If that’s the case please let us know so we can say hello! (One of of our readers suggested we all meet up and do a big group picture. I think that’s a great idea! Let’s make it happen.)
But if you are a developmental therapist, friend, facebook buddy, blog buddy, teacher, or just someone who wants to come out and support Noah and the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas we’d love for you to be a part of our team! You can visit this link to sign up to be one of Noah’s Game Changers and join our Buddy Walk Team!
For those of you who can come out and walk with us, here’s the details:
2012 Buddy Walk
- Sunday, November 4, 2012
- 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
- AT&T Plaza at Victory Park
- 2500 Victory Avenue
Here’s an event map for the Buddy Walk!
2. Make a Small (or large) Donation
The Buddy Walk is one of the major fund raisers for the National Down Syndrome Society and the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas. As I mentioned both of these organizations do a great job supporting people with Down syndrome and their families, and any donation you make will go directly to helping them help others.
Each Buddy Walk team sets a financial goal that they hope to reach as a team. To be honest I think our goal is pretty low considering how awesome (and generous!) all of you guys are. I never ask for money / donations on this site, but this is such a fantastic cause so I’m asking you to skip a latte (or two) this month and make a little donation to our Buddy Walk team. It would really mean a lot to us. Plus your donation will go a long way in helping others. Which is awesome!
If you don’t live near us we would still love you to be a part of the Noah’s Gamer Changer’s Team by making a small donation. It’s super simple to donate. All you have to do is click here. Thanks so much!
No matter where you live would you mind taking a minute to pray for all the Buddy Walks taking place all over the Word. Pray that God would use these Buddy Walks to help the world learn more about Down syndrome, and ultimately that more of these children would be brought to full term. Please be sure to leave a comment if you can commit to praying since being a “prayer partner“ certainly qualifies you to be one of Noah’s Game Changers!
4. Share And Stay Connected
Words can’t describe how incredible the community is that’s formed around this site. It’s been an honor for us to get to know so many of you as you have commented on our posts, shared pictures and videos of your family on our Facebook page, tweeted us, etc. We don’t get the chance to reply to every comment and email, but we read (and appreciate) them all. (And I think we do a pretty decent job of replying back, all things considered.) Thanks for being such great friends. Yes, friends.
Just so you know it really helps us spread the word that Down syndrome is ok when you share, LIKE, tweet, repin, comment, plus, email to a friend, share on your Facebook page, etc our blog posts and content. So thank you for that. Also if you have a blog we’d really appreciate it if you’d link to our site and/or any articles you may have found helpful. If you do, please be sure to let us know so we can check it out! Oh and by the way, Noah wanted me to let you know he thinks that anyone who links to us is “very cool!” (And we agree.)
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Thanks again, and we hope you’ll be one of Noah’s Game Changers!
Have you been to a 2012 Buddy Walk yet? Leave a comment and tell us about it. (Bonus points for sharing a picture.) And be sure to let us know if you’ll join us as one of Noah’s Game Changers. We sure hope you will!