The weekend of October 23rd and 24th featured two very successful Buddy Walks. Research Down Syndrome was invited to attend and delighted to help spread the word on the successes and promise of cognitive research. The Alexander’s Angels 4th Annual Buddy Walk was held on a beautiful day at Hecksher State Park on Long Island with approximately 2000 individuals, family members, friends and advocates attending. The very large parking lot was almost full! A variety of children’s events, costumed characters and great music, including the Chris Burke Band entertained the enthusiastic crowd. Following the Buddy Walk and lunch, the participants continued to enjoy themselves through the afternoon. Well done, Esther Gomes-Nieto(President of Alexander’s Angels), the Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation, the Association for Children with Down Syndrome, the volunteers, the National Down Syndrome Society and the entire Alexander’s Angels team.
RDS also enjoyed participating in the Northwest New Jersey Buddy Walk at Lopatcong Municipal Park in Phillipsburg, NJ. Hundreds of walkers enjoyed lunch, participated in fun activities for the children, and swayed to the music. Hats off to Melissa Ehrhardt of the Down Syndrome Group of Northwest New Jersey, and to the other organizers and volunteers.