It was Amazing!!!
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THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO CAME OUT TO SUPPORT THE 2014 HOUSTON BUDDY WALK!!!!
OVER 12,000 PARTICIPANTS JOINED THE ONE MILE WALK AROUND THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN HOUSTON! DEFINITELY OUR BIGGEST CELEBRATION EVER!
If you didn't get a chance to take your ITP Bio home after the walk, please come by the Resource Center to pick it up between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mon- Fri.
Also, if your child with Ds didn't get a medal after the walk, let us know! Call us at 713.682.7237 x 201 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To all of our sponsors, vendors, In-kind donors, volunteers, Board Members and staff, THANK YOU!
Pictures coming soon!
Can't wait to see you this year!
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Top 10 Fundraising Teams of 2014 - as of the 11/3 deadline @ 11:59pm
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|Hannah Halfen Angels||$7,471|
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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 |
What is the money raised used for?
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The Houston Buddy Walk is the biggest DS awareness program offered by the Down Syndrome Association of Houston. It is also a fundraiser that allows DSAH to continue to offer the much needed programs to our DS community.
DSAH offers an array of programs to serve all age groups in the Down syndrome community. From newborns to adults, we are sure that you can find a program for your loved one with Down syndrome and family at DSAH.
Some of our programs include Camp Ability, Camp For All, Club 21, Community Groups, Conferences, Education for Life, Gymboree, Parents Night Out, Reading Clinic, Smart Start, Special Olympics, Buddy Walk, New Baby Gift Baskets and family events like World Down Syndrome Day, The Holiday party and the Pool Party.
DSAH currently proudly serves over 1,900 members with it’s various activities. From Pre-natal diagnosis support to our adult Club 21 events, our members are welcome to enjoy a full list of activities and education.
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Event Goal for 2014
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Top 10 Fundraising Teams
|Hannah Halfen Angels||$7,646|
Team Captain Package Documents
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Welcome to the Wonderful World of the Buddy Walk
Each year all the families of Down Syndrome Association of Houston (DSAH) gather up their family and friends, to come take part in this wonderful Awareness Walk. It is the main awareness program and fundraiser that DSAH has each year, and it helps us continue to grow the programs and services that we provide to our families.
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.
We know you will have an amazing time and THANK YOU for helping us carry out our mission…to “create awareness and acceptance of children and adults with Down syndrome through advocacy, socialization, education and medical outreach”.
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