Lauren's Team is back for our third Buddy Walk in my hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. This time, our little Lauren will be walking in her very first Buddy Walk, and we are proud to walk right by her side!
Who is Lauren?
On July 29, 2009, we welcomed our second daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Goddy. Our precious little girl rocked our world when the doctor told us that she was born with something extra - an extra 21st chromosome. Our happiness quickly turned to sorrow. There were so many unanswered questions. Will our daughter be accepted and seen for her abilities rather than what makes her different?
Lauren is now 3 years old, and she continues to bring joy to our lives, more than we could ever imagine. She adores her big sister, Alyssa, and loves her German Shepherd dog, Tess. God blessed our lives with two beautiful girls who have shown us what unconditional love is all about.
Through Lauren, we learned that "you must be the change you wish to see in the world." (Ghandi). Now, we join thousands of others in finding ways to increase awareness that individuals with Down syndrome are more alike than different. Working together, we can change the future for our little girl.
What is the Buddy Walk?
The Buddy Walk was established by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The Buddy Walk program is supported nationally by NDSS and organized at the local level. This year will be Indiana's 15th Annual Buddy Walk. The Buddy Walk is a 2.6 mile walk along the canal in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis.
The purpose of the Buddy Walk is to promote acceptance, inclusion and opportunities for people with Down syndrome, to raise funds locally and nationally for education, research and advocacy programs, and to enhance the position of the Down syndrome community.
Why We Chose our Charity?
We have chosen to continue to support Down Syndrome Indiana, which is a 501c3 charitable organization, in its mission to enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and their families through awareness and acceptance.
Down Sydrome Indiana helped us when we first received the news by answering our many questions. Most importantly, Down Syndrome Indiana gave us hope for a bright future for our precious daughter. Please help us spread acceptance and create more opportunities for our sweet Lauren.
How Can You Help Make a Difference?
Your tax deductible donation will help support all people with Down syndrome. It doesn't matter if it's $5 or $50 - it all adds up. Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support our fundraising efforts.
Many thanks for your committment and continued support over the past few years to help a cause that has truly touched our lives. And please don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
Lisa and Craig Goddy