The event that I was blessed to be a part of this past weekend is always one of my favorite events of the year. Even though there are close to 1000 people there, it continues to feel like one of the most intentional and personable events I plan.  The reason?

How could anything be sweeter than celebrating children with  Downs Syndrome???

        

These kids brighten my days for months on end, just from the few hours I get to spend with them on this one fabulous Saturday in late October.

They come with their shirts, fans, banners, and cameras, and play and dance and eat and WALK until their hearts content.

       

This is the biggest day of their year, and their families treat it with that same tenacity!

I think what blesses me most about this event is how so many people from the community come to be a part of this celebration.  Despite race, economic status, or age…they come.  And, they support the ones they love with a passion.

I try to explain to the amazing volunteer staff how grateful I am to be able to celebrate with them, but not much comes out.  So, instead I gave a tear filled hugs and said goodbye for this year.


As I was drove away, I started thinking and planning already for next year… wanna know why?

 

Next year is the 10th Anniversary of the Buddy Walk!  And you better believe it’s gonna be good!

Special Thanks to all our awesome vendors who made the day such a great success!

Hungry Howies Pizza, Subway, Fresh Market, Maxie B’s, David Lucas Comedy Magician, GAC Cheerleaders, SoCal Entertainment, & 98.7 Simon!

5 thoughts on “Buddy Walk!

  1. Scooper

    Hi Melissa! I clicked over here from Emily’s post today. So glad I did! I met you at the Nester’s book signing for Emily last year. {Marian Vischer, the one you thought was a famous Women of Faith speaker. That one still cracks me up. Probably because I am still very much unfamous.} Anyway, I just participated in my first Buddy Walk last month. We traveled to Indianapolis to walk in honor of our niece, Breeanna. God blessed our families last year with two nieces, Breeanna and Naomi, each born within 3 weeks of one another and each with Down Syndrome. One was born on my husband’s side of the family and one was born on my side. Needless to say, Buddy Walks are going to be a regular and special event for us. And like you, I still have no words for what it was like. I just fought back overwhelming, happy tears the whole time.

    Hope you are doing well! I LOVE that you’re an event planner and I love your beautiful blog. : )

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  2. melissa

    Sweet Marian! Thanks so much for your comment. I’m so glad to hear from you. It was so much fun laughing together last year at Nester’s and I’ve missed all of you since! I absolutely love that you all did your first Buddy Walk…they are such a beautiful group of people to be involved with. Much love to you…and here’s to you being famous one day. 🙂

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  3. Lauri Lyn Hodges

    Thanks for helping with another fun filled year. It is so great to
    have you alongside us & it takes a big weight off my shoulders!
    Thank you for all your great ideas & help. You rock!

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  4. ellen

    friend! this is a beautiful new space you’ve made here. just beautiful and so reflective of your lovely heart. what a joy it was to see you just a few weeks ago. on monday morning i was kicking myself that i didn’t ask about spending more time with y’all. so thankful for the time i did get, though!

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  5. Julie Church

    Melissa,
    The 10th Anniv. Buddy Walk WAS awesome! Thanks so much for everything you did in 2013 for the Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro! HUGE! Blessings to you and your family in 2014. You have an amazing heart & you are quite a saavy business woman with incredible creativity to boot! Looking forward to Buddy Walk 2014 – I miss working with you!

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