Be a Buddy: Join Buddy Walk Sunday, October 7

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The community is invited to join Buddy Walk followed by family friendly activities Sunday, October 7, at Wolf Pen Creek in College Station.“Having Down syndrome doesn’t mean that you can’t do something – it just takes a little longer,” explains Christy Knight, president of the Down Syndrome Association of the Brazos Valley (DSABV). “We want to educate the public to see that we all are more alike than different.” Knight hopes the community will turn out when DSABV hosts the annual Buddy Walk so they can experience just how much alike we all really are. “Our kids are able to do what any other kid does,” says Knight,“Maybe not at the same speed, but with patience they can do anything.”

You don’t have to have Down syndrome or even know someone with Down syndrome to be a buddy and go for a walk on October 7. You just need to care. “A lot of people look at those with Down syndrome and think ‘Aww, that’s so sad,’” says Knight. “They need to realize they have all of the same abilities that we do.” Jennifer Seigert and her 17-year-old daughter Sara have been DSABV members since it’s beginning. “It helps me to meet other parents with teenagers like Sara,” says Siegert. “We listen to each other and try to help each other out. If I have experience with a situation that another parent is facing, I can share the things that have worked for me.”

The community is invited to join Buddy Walk followed by family friendly activities Sunday, October 7, at Wolf Pen Creek in College Station.“Having Down syndrome doesn’t mean that you can’t do something – it just takes a little longer,” explains Christy Knight, president of the Down Syndrome Association of the Brazos Valley (DSABV). “We want to educate the public to see that we all are more alike than different.” Knight hopes the community will turn out when DSABV hosts the annual Buddy Walk so they can experience just how much alike we all really are. “Our kids are able to do what any other kid does,” says Knight,“Maybe not at the same speed, but with patience they can do anything.”

You don’t have to have Down syndrome or even know someone with Down syndrome to be a buddy and go for a walk on October 7. You just need to care. “A lot of people look at those with Down syndrome and think ‘Aww, that’s so sad,’” says Knight. “They need to realize they have all of the same abilities that we do.” Jennifer Seigert and her 17-year-old daughter Sara have been DSABV members since it’s beginning. “It helps me to meet other parents with teenagers like Sara,” says Siegert. “We listen to each other and try to help each other out. If I have experience with a situation that another parent is facing, I can share the things that have worked for me.”

It is also a great benefit for Sara. “Its helped to form friendships among teens with her same abilities. Sara seems happier because she feels accepted.” Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk where kids with Down syndrome, their families, and the community all come together and have a good time for a great cause. It’s the group’s largest fundraiser. “With the funds raised, we are able to send kids to camp and do educational conferences each spring,” says Knight, noting that education is critical. “We continue their education in the summer so that they don’t fall behind.” Sounds like just another way that everyone is more alike than different. For more information on BVDSA or Buddy Walk, visit downsyndromeofbcs.com. – by Allison Kendall

WHAT
Down Syndrome Association of the Brazos Valley’s annual Buddy Walk

WHEN
October 7, 11 a.m.

WHERE
Wolf Pen Creek, College Station

HOW
Check in begins at 11 a.m.; entry fee of $15 per person covers food, drink, Buddy Walk t-shirt and activities. Walking begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by a talent show, entertainment by the Cody Hall band, a silent auction and a raffle. Bring chairs and blankets for picnic-style eating.