Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Mags: "Where are we going again?"
Me: "The Buddy Walk."
Mags: "I love it when I have a buddy to walk with."

The waves of green shirts flowing through the sidewalks of the George Mason University campus was a beautiful sight. This weekend the family and I joined thousands of others at GMU in Northern Virginia to walk in support of Down syndrome at an event called the Buddy Walk. This walk is close to our hearts. Chris and I both work in the special education field and every day we are lucky enough to work with incredible students with all types of disabilities. 

The Buddy Walk's slogan is "Get Involved, Be Inspired". Let me just tell you,  it is impossible not to want to get involved when you attend one of these walks. The outpouring of support and positive energy consumes you. Whether it was people on the sidelines cheering the walkers on, the volunteers directing people where to go, or the organizers who greeted everyone with enthusiasm....we were inspired.

Best of all, we made some new buddies on our walk!

You can learn more about the National Down Syndrome Society 
and the Buddy Walk by visiting on the links below. 
NDSS Buddy Walk on Twitter 

Chris' interview with Becky Switalski, the National Buddy Walk Director for the National Down Syndrome Society, who shares some history, insights, and awesome experiences from annual Buddy Walk events. You can hear it by clicking on the link:

A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #97: Buddy Walk  

On Night Light Stories, we talk with national and local organizers for the National Down Syndrome Society's Buddy Walk. You can watch the interview by clicking on the link:


  1. This makes my heart happy. I've done a 5K for a friend whose daughter has Type 1 diabetes and was getting an alert dog. There is something amazing that happens during these walk/runs.

    *Not sure if you've received a Sunshine Award, if not, I'd love to pass it along to you. Recognition is always fun. :)

  2. I think it is great what you and your husband do! Amazing!! And you’re right it is impossible to attend such functions and not feel the need to do more! It is awesome that you get your children involved too!

  3. Hooray for the Buddy Walk! We have a nephew with Downs and we did our Buddy walk last Saturday, too. Such a casual, fun event and a great cause.

  4. Yay! What a great event! I love these sorts of walks. You're right - the enthusiasm is amazing. :-)

  5. Great role models, you two! Glad you guys had so much fun. Great pictures, too. It's such a shame your kids aren't cuter. (Wink.)