Ana will be walking in her 9th Buddy Walk this year and she would love to have you join her - because she loves having her friends around. Your support means the world to us because we want everyone to know that Ana is first and foremost a typical 15 year old teenager - who just happens to have Down Syndrome. Ana loves to socialize, watch movies, participate in Special Olympics, "surf the net", and text everyone that she has contact with. All of you have been important in our lives and you accept her just as she is - but not everyone else does - so join the Ana Banana team and help us show the world that people with Down Syndrome are just like everyone else (oh - except for that silly little extra chromosome.)
Why We Are Walking.
The Buddy Walk was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
The Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate to help celebrate the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. Enjoy the festivities immediately following the walk - food and drinks, a basket raffle, carnival games and prizes, music, face painting, a teen room, moonwalks, an obstacle course, cheerleaders, clowns and a fire truck! There is no fee to participate in this event.
Team Ana Banana is participating in the Buddy Walk to show our support for the more than 350,000 individuals with Down syndrome in the United States. Every step we take, every dollar we raise will help ensure that each individual with Down syndrome in the United States will be given every opportunity to reach their full potential.
Will You Join Us?
Your involvement in the Buddy Walk - by walking with us or by sponsoring our team - will make steps for a brighter tomorrow for individuals with Down syndrome.
To walk with us, just click on the "Walk for Ana Banana" link above to register for our team. If you are unable to walk with us but would like to sponsor our team, then you may do so by simply clicking on the "Donate to Ana Banana" link above.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!
Sincerely, Denise Sawyer - Team Captain