This year’s Buddy Walk was AMAZING! We had over 1,000 smiley participants and fabulous weather! The family and community networking has grown enormously since our family began participating in 2006. To give you an idea how much its grown. 2003 was Designer Genes first Buddy Walk. 2005 was Gracie’s Groupies first year participating and we had around 250 walkers. Today….2009 we had over 1,000 walkers!
Gracie’s Groupies, as we are known, sported traditional hippie themed items and some super groovy t-shirts! T-shirts were made available for purchase prior to the walk. Money raised above the t-shirt costs was given to our local Down syndrome support group, Designer Genes.
Here’s some pictures from our special day.
I took a quick photo. Not every Groupie was present but this represents probably 75% of Gracie’s Groupies.
Daddy taking it all in.
Just hanging out after the walk.
Sam is second from the left (leaning in) with a baseball cap. Sam is Gracie’s former Respite worker and a dear family friend now. Sam brought some of her family up for the walk, including her Mom first left. Alyssa and Gracie LOVE Sam!
Tree Monkeys…..a rare North Dakota species. These tree Monkeys were incredibly tame too! We named them Alyssa and Caitlynn.
Just another tree pose by compliments of Big Sister.
Our FAMOUS Groupie and team leader Miss Gracie!
Another Groupie group picture
And finally a special surprise! Our picture appeared on one of our local television stations. It is truly candid since clearly none of us know our picture is being taken. Here it is including another famalies story:
Thank you for sharing your day with us, God Bless!
Dennis, Laura, Alyssa and Gracie