Saturday was a day I’d been anticipating for a long time – my family’s first time at the Buddy Walk for the Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association. We came out to walk and support our friends Paul, Jessica, Jay, and Baby Joy. Joy was born this past April with Down Syndrome, and when I found out Paul and Jess were going to form a Buddy Walk team, I knew immediately I should get involved! With your help, I raised $599 for the people living in my area with Down Syndrome! And our team, Team Peace, Love, & Joy raised over $3,000! Woooohoooo! We were also the #7 fundraising team for the whole walk! Not bad for a first-year effort, right!?
The Buddy Walk was downtown at our beautiful minor-league baseball stadium, the Dayton Dragons Fifth Third Field. It was a rainy morning so we couldn’t get out on the field, but fortunately it cleared up right before we were set to walk! So we walked around the concourse and had a great time and a gorgeous day. We LOVED hanging out with our team! Here’s Bobby, Jonah and I with Joy Marie, the star of the show!
And here’s me with Joy and her awesome & beautiful mom, Jess:
Here are some more fun pics of our day at the Buddy Walk:
I cannot tell you how proud I was to be a part of Team Peace, Love, & Joy to support this sweet family and all the wonderful families of the Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association! I also wanted to give big props to my friend Jen, whose team in honor of her 5-year-old daughter Emmaline and her niece Kayla, was the #4 top fundraising team! I’ve known Jen and her hubby since high school and Emmaline and Sophie are the same age and used to go to the same speech therapist. I’ve loved watching Emmy grow and learn and just be generally awesome. She has a really awesome mom, dad, big brother and sister, too!
My favorite part about the Buddy Walk was just seeing all the happy, excited families there. Everyone was so joyful and proud and the mood was just celebratory and fun! No one was there crying about their lot in life parenting a child with a disability. Everyone was thrilled to be celebrating their families, raising awareness, and raising money to help get their kiddos the funds they need to reach their full potential. It was, as I like to say, TOTES awesome. Totes! I was super-proud to have my family involved and I can’t wait til next year!
Thanks so much to everyone who supported my fundraising efforts, from my $5 Friends to my $100 Friends, you all made this possible, and I really cannot thank you enough for helping to make a difference in the lives of some pretty rockin’ people right here in my hometown.