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!