Yesterday was the Buddy Walk here in College Station. The one-mile walk is a nationwide fundraiser promoting Down syndrome awareness. I have been working for the last few months on advertisements for the walk that appeared in various publications around town. It was so inspiring to see families spending their afternoon for this great cause.
My older brother, Colin, has Down syndrome. He has a tremendous heart and an incredible memory. If you hear a song on the radio and can’t remember who sings it, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Colin can name the artist. I don’t get to see him as often as I’d like, so Buddy Walk was a way for me to feel closer to him, even though he is all the way back in Ohio. I get to see him next weekend, though, and I can’t wait.
Buddy Walk was a great way for me to meet new people, and my friend Sondra introduced me to these guys, Travis and Danny. I wrote a story that appeared in Brazos Family Magazine about their amazing friendship.
The pre-walk warm-up got everyone movin’ and groovin’. It was perfect weather for a walk.
Lots of people made signs to show their support.
Some hair-dye was also involved…
But even in the middle of all the excitement, not everyone could stay awake.
Halfway done, but still going strong.
The finish line!
A cool post-walk pose. We did it!