This letter appeared today in the on-line version of the Schenectady Gazette. We're getting close!!
Online Letters to the Editor for Sept. 25
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Capital Region to participate in awareness for Down syndrome
While much attention has been given to Down syndrome over the past several weeks as a result of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaking on the topic, Capital Region families have long been advocating on behalf of children with Down syndrome.
On Sunday, Oct. 5, area families have a chance to take small steps for this very big cause. As National Down Syndrome Awareness Month kicks off, more than 500 residents, friends, family and community leaders are expected to gather at Schenectady Central Park Pavilion to promote awareness, celebrate progress and to inspire those affected by Down syndrome.
The Capital Region is one of 200 locations across the nation hosting the Buddy Walk, a one-mile inspirational walk and day of fun, education and inspiration to promote inclusion and acceptance of people with Down syndrome.
I encourage all families — those with and without children with special needs — to attend the free event and to take the opportunity to learn more about Down syndrome, the opportunities for those living with the condition and the importance of recognizing all children for the individual joys they bring to us.
If we can inspire all kids to reach their fullest potential no matter what challenges life brings them, we are taking steps that will truly impact the future of our community. For more information, visit http://www.dsahrc.org/.
The writer is the event coordinator for the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center Capital Region Buddy Walk.