2012 HOUSTON BUDDY WALK ~ General Information
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Save the Date for the
Annual 2013 Houston Buddy Walk
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Minute Maid Park
10am - 2pm
Website goes live May 1st!
On behalf of the Down Syndrome Association of Houston, The Board of
Directors, our members, and the many wonderful families we service, thank you
for your support of the 12th Annual Houston Buddy Walk®! This
event helps provide the entire community with information and education to
broaden awareness and foster positive attitudes regarding people with Down
syndrome. The funds raised by the Buddy Walk help the Down Syndrome
Association of Houston increase its programs and resources for children and
adults with Down syndrome, as well as helping their parents, families and
The Buddy Walk is also one of our largest awareness program and an event
that hundreds of people throughout the Houston and surrounding areas look
forward to every year. This year we had an incredible and
unexpected turn out of attendees showing
their support to our loved ones with Down syndrome; the official count by the
City of Houston, 8,500!!!!! We hope that you, your family,
friends and supporters enjoyed the event and plan to be with us in 2013.
Although the Houston Buddy Walk is our biggest awareness event, it also serves
as a fundraiser to the Down Syndrome Association of Houston so we can continue
to serve the 1,600+ members that we have. For your generosity and support we THANK
YOU and hope that you access our programs so you can benefit from all
of your fundraising efforts. If you have not joined the Down Syndrome
Association of Houston, we encourage you to do it! Just click
here and this page will take you to our membership page. Being active
in the Buddy Walk does NOT instantly make you a DSAH member, so please, take a
moment to join the organization if you have not.
Again, we want to thank you again for all of your fundraising efforts and we
also want to remind you that www.houstonbuddywalk.org
will remain open for any additional donations until Dec 31, 2012.
So if anyone you know still needs to make a last minute end of year
tax deductible donation, share our link with them!
Michelle Deering with Michellustrations Photography & Design, took over 800
images at our 2012 Houston Buddy Walk and those images can be downloaded for
free at http://michellustrations.shootproof.com/BuddyWalk2012.
We hope you found this event a worthwhile cause to support and that you
remember us as we celebrate the 13th Annual Houston Walk in
2013. On behalf of all families that we serve, thank you for being a part
of the Buddy Walk.
Here’s what her web site says – “What a blessing to be a such a welcomed
participant of this extraordinary event! Miles of smiles warmed by heart
with grateful attitudes and imprinted by heart with members that I will forever
cherish. I enjoyed capturing the heart-felt, positive energy of the
parents, family, friends and supports of DSAH! I hope you enjoy the
images just as much as I enjoyed capturing them.” Enjoy the
Things Keep Looking
Down Syndrome Association of Houston
Buddy Walk Chair
Get Ready for our 2013 Houston Buddy Walk!
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See our 2011 Buddy Walk Video
The Imagination Movers Support the Houston Buddy Walk
Programs funded by the Houston Buddy Walk
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· New Parent Support - Volunteer members are on call to talk with new parents of babies with DS to help ease the stress during this time of adjustment by offering support and information. We also provide "New Parent Packets" filled with the latest information on DS.
· Social Events for teens and adults - We provide a variety of social gatherings for our teens and adults throughout the year. Teens and adults are part of the Club 21 which offers Dances, Bingo and Spaghetti nights, Movie nights, The Social Club, computer classes and many more monthly activities.
· Social Events for children - For all of our young ones we offer a variety of programs such as Gymboree, Art Classes, Fundamentally Music and Respite nights.
· DSAH Social Events - For all of our members we offer the following events as an opportunity to network and learn more about Down syndrome. Some of the events are The Pool Party, The Christmas Party, World Down Syndrome Day Celebration, The Gathering of Friends and annual conferences.
· Education for Life Program - This is the first program geared towards the continuing education of adults with Down syndrome in the Houston area. Students meet three times a week to continue their post-high school education as well as an opportunity to improve their vocational and social skills.
· Conferences - Conferences are held 2-3 times per year in which nationally recognized experts share their knowledge with our families and communities
· Outreach Program - Provides information on an Educational and Medical level to our community. Our group seeks to increase the awareness of people with DS and some of these groups include health professionals, high school faculty and students, graduate students, and so on.
· Community Groups - We currently have 7 groups under the DSAH umbrella-these are the Katy Group, the Woodlands Group, the Pearland Group, the Spring Group, the Pasadena Group, the Spanish Group and the Baytown Group.
· RESPITE Program - Provides childcare to kids with disabilities 18 years of age and younger once a week at the Down Syndrome Resource Center.
· Camp Ability - We offer 3 sessions for camp ability during the summer. Each session is one week long for a specific age group and they are offered in half and full days.
· Reading Clinic Program - Joanne Mothes provides a one - one reading clinic with kids of all ages to jumpstart their reading abilities. Her reading workshops are available every months.
· Adoption Awareness Program - DSAH works with local and international adoption agencies to provide the accurate information an adoptive parent needs.
· Behavioral Analysis Counseling - Parents have the opportunity to meet with behavioral counselors regarding their children's behavior on a monthly basis.
· D.A.D.S. Group - Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome, or D.A.D.S., is a committee or community group of fathers of children who happen to have Down syndrome. The 3 foundational pillars of D.A.D.S. are Support, Action and Fellowship. The cornerstone of D.A.D.S. groups is the monthly meeting where members come together to share insights and experiences.
· Teddy Bear program - Provide a stuffed animal to comfort a child with Down syndrome who is experiencing a hospital stay.
· DSAH Today - produce and mail a monthly newsletter to over 1,200 homes and businesses.
· Gathering of Friends - annual festival/picnic attended by over 3,000 members and friends.
· Sibling Social - provide a monthly forum for kids who have a sibling with Down syndrome to safely talk about their feelings and experiences.
· Camp For All - an annual event for our families held in the spring.
· New Baby Baskets - our Executive Director delivers our New Baby Basket to the hospitals and provides much needed support to new parents.
Facts About Down Syndrome
| ||Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.
Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal abnormality. One in every 691 babies is born with Down syndrome.
There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.
Down syndrome affects people of all ages, races and economic levels.
All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses.
Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.
People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer's disease, childhood leukemia, and thyroid conditions. Many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives.
Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades - from 25 in 1983 to 56 today.
People with Down syndrome attend school, find work, participate in decisions that affect them, and contribute to society.
Researchers are making great strides in identifying the genes on Chromosome 21 that cause the characteristics of Down syndrome. Many feel strongly that it will be possible to improve, correct or prevent many of the problems associated with Down syndrome in the future ||
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Event Goal for 2012
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Top 10 Fundraising Teams
|Hannah Halfen Angels||$7,991|
|The Divine Miss M!||$5,835|
Teams/Sponsors with Tents/Spaces 2012
| ||The following teams and sponsors have reached the goal of $5,000 as of the deadline of 11/4/2012 and have earned a TENT at this year's event: |
- Mason's Mob
- Friends and Family of Mason's Mob
- Alli's All Stars
- Tricon Energy
- Hannah Halfen's Angels
- Reese's Raiders
- Georgia's Peaches
- Joshi's Avengers
The following teams and sponsors have have reached the goal of $3,000 as of the deadline of 11/4/2012 earned a SPACE at this year's event:
- The Divine Ms M
- Nathan's Navigators
- Kornblit Family
- Hopes Hero's
- Super Max
- Mi Swaco/Schlumberger
- Team TYtanium
- JD Rush Corporation
- Therapy 2000
- Jordyn's Army
- Carson's Crew
- Ava's Army
- Andy's Angels
Team Captain Package Documents
2012 Top New Teams
|Changed by Colt||$2,750|
|Daniel's Dream Team||$2,294|
|Luke's Ladies and Guywalkers||$1,600|
About the Buddy Walk
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The Buddy Walk has three primary goals:
1) To promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
2) To raise funds locally and nationally for education, research and advocacy programs; and
3) To enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to positively influence local and national policy and practice.
The Buddy Walkr was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to bring together a wide range of concerned individuals to reach out to friends, family and co-workers to promote awareness and inclusion for people with Down syndrome.
It has grown from 17 walks to nearly 300 expected in 2011 across the country and around the world. Last year alone, 285,000 people participated in a Buddy Walk! They raised more than $11.2 million to benefit local programs and services as well as the national advocacy initiatives that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.
The Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. It is a wonderful, heart-warming event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.
Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, come and join a Buddy Walk in your local community!
Imagination Movers Scavenger Hunt
| || |Congratulations to the two team captains that e-mailed me back with the correct answers to the Imagination Movers Scavenger Hunt!
The winners will also receive 4 limited edition BW shirts to wear on the day of the concert!
and the winners are: