Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00
This October, Alexander’s Angels, Inc. of Jericho and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) invite people everywhere to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in recognition of the many abilities and achievements of people with Down syndrome.
The National Buddy Walk Program has been running annually since 1995, kicking off in September and lasting through November, in celebration of Down Syndrome Awareness Month in cities and towns throughout the United States and abroad. The goals of the program are to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to positively influence local and national policy and practice.
Alexander’s Angels Long Island Buddy Walk’s 5th Anniversary celebration will take place at Eisenhower Park (Field 6A) on Saturday, Oct. 1. The one-mile walk (three-mile challenge) is only one component of a fun-filled day. Dances, games, pumpkin decorating and other arts and crafts, face-painting and more contribute to a carnival-like atmosphere. DJ Danny Walsh of Party-Up Productions will be donating his time for the fifth consecutive year, and the Islanders ICE Tour will join them for the first time. This year, however, the food that traditionally awaits the walkers will not be available due to an exclusive agreement between Nassau County and Dover Caterers for food service to the parks. Although there is no fee to join the activities, funds raised through the Buddy Walk support both local and national programs.
People with Down syndrome are living longer than ever before. The life expectancy of individuals with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades - from 25 in 1983 to 60 today. One in every 691 live births is a baby born with Down syndrome, and it is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. Due to recent advancements, people with Down syndrome can, and do, live healthy and fulfilling lives—they attend school, work, participate in decisions that affect them, and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.
Please, join Alexander’s Angels and help awareness and funds for Down syndrome. For more information visit www.alexandersangels.org, or call 361-7263.