Yep, It's that time of year again...BUDDY WALK TIME!
Our little Down Syndrome Diva continues to amaze, impress and inspire us each and every day! Macy is two, but we have yet to see any signs of that "terrible" stuff that's supposed to accompany this magic age! She is a constant ray of sunshine and nothing short of AWESOME and FUN-LOVING! Quite the social butterfly, she literally lights up any room she walks into with her huge smile and friendly face. Wherever we go, she enters like she owns the place, walks with a confident swagger, makes intense eye-contact, waves, high-fives and blows kisses (usually in that order) to whomever happens to be in her path, like it's her JOB! Quite the little greeter we have on her hands. I think her outgoing personality is actually starting to rub off on her shy big sis. :-)
Aside from being a shining example of inclusiveness & acceptance, Macy has taught us and everyone around her so much about life, love, compassion and faith. It is hard to believe how this one tiny extra chromosome can make such a dramatic impact on our hearts! I am just thrilled that we get to have a front row seats to the BEST SHOW ON EARTH...MACY!
Not only are we, her parents, blessed to have been chosen to care for and love this little angel...but God has placed her in all of your lives as well. As you know, IT TAKES A VILLAGE! She has an amazing support system of family and friends in all of you, for that she is truly blessed!
okay - so back to this "Buddy Walk" business...
I'm super bummed that our family will not be able to actually participate in this years' event as we will be out of town for our annual "Lee" Family Reunion. :( Big bummer! Macy has had such a great show of support the last few years, averaging about 100 teammates.
I'm sure our "sea of blue t-shirts" will be missed. We'll just have to come back bigger & stronger next year!! :-)
But I still wanted to be sure to set up a page to raise money and awareness for this "OH SO IMPORTANT & AMAZING TO US" organization.
Funds raised at the Buddy Walk support the MANY programs the DSA has to offer, including but not limited to the Advocacy of the Midland's Conference, collaboration with Down Syndrome Specialists in area school districts, social events for our kids and their parents, new parent outreach, medical outreach, etc... Funds are also directed to national advocacy and research efforts. It helps bring opportunities to Macy and her wonderful friends that otherwise wouldn’t exist. Joe and I have met so many wonderful families who are on this very same journey, for this we are extremely grateful!
The "Down Syndrome Super Mom's" group I am a part of is priceless!! We are so fortunate to have such a tight-knit, caring and supportive group of ladies, right here in our community. We get together often to share concerns, successes, triumphs, challenges and everything else. The best part is the connections-made and friendships-formed by our children! These bonds will last a lifetime.
Here is the information on the event - even though we are unable to go, I encourage you to still attend if you like...fun for ALL ages...(again, I'm SOO bummed to have to miss out).
When: Sat. 10/13/2012 - 9:00 AM Registration - 10:30 AM Presentation of Colors, Anthem, Dignitaries - 10:50 AM Top Fundraisers Announced! - 11:00 AM Walk Begins!
Where: University of Nebraska Omaha - the mile & a half walk will start at UNO, just to the South of the Football field, take you through Elmwood Park, over the Dodge Street Pedestrian Bridge, around Memorial Park and back. The entire route is stroller and wheelchair accessible.
And finally...Please...No donation is too small, anything you can contribute to this amazing organization would be greatly appreciated. *Remember, these donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE, both business or personal*
We appreciate all of your love and support!
The Harnisch Family
Sherri, Joe, McKenzie & Macy
Sherri, Joe, McKenzie & Macy
Please click on the link below to donate! :-)https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/sherri-harnisch/omaha-buddy-walk-10-13-2012