2012 Northeast Florida Buddy Walk – Sunshine and Awareness! #DownSyndrome

by Carrie McLaren with 2 comments

This past Saturday was the 2012 Northeast Florida Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome Awareness!

We had a fantastic day enjoying the sunshine with friends and family – all gathered to celebrate Molly and all individuals with Down syndrome.

Northeast Florida 2012 Buddy Walk

Our walk took place at the Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach – with half of the walk taking place on the beach.  (How fun is that for early November?!)   With cheerleaders from local high schools cheering us on – there were over 1,000 people at this year’s Buddy Walk!

Buddy Walk Northeast Florida 2012

It was inspiring and amazing to see so many families gathered for a fun day to bring awareness to individuals. I like to think that Molly knew we were all there to support her.  She didn’t want to ride in the wagon for the walk – she wanted to walk… just like the other big kids!   It made this mama so proud.

I know I say this a lot, but I just couldn’t be any more proud of Molly.  She’s such a fantastic little girl that is quickly developing a silly personality.  She is determined and stubborn and always loves a good challenge… even if she is only two years old.

This year’s Buddy Walk was a huge success in raising awareness and dollars for our local Down Syndrome community.  I’m already looking forward to next year’s event!

Visit BuddyWalk.org to find a Buddy Walk event in your area!  I promise you’ll be inspired and have a fun day too!

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  • Melissa


    So gorgeous and what a wonderful event!

  • Mary McLean


    It was a fun day ! Molly did seem to enjoy it all. Maggie was too interested in getting home to her puzzles-LOL-but I enjoyed her attention.