Monday, September 21, 2009

The Buddy Walk

Yesterday, my sister, Geralyn, invited me to do the "Buddy Walk" with her. The buddy walk is "step up for Down Syndrome". This was the 12th annual walk. We have beautiful weather for it. We checked in at the spot of the old "bubble" at Como Park in St. Paul and walk to and around Como Lake. There were two different distances you could walk. We chose the longer of the two. It was very impressive to see the number of people who participate in the walk. This was my first year. Geralyn has done it several years. Her godson has down syndrome. There were people of all ages participating. Many of the people out there had shirts with the name of a loved one they were walking for who has down syndrome. The shirt which "said" the most to me was one with a picture of a very precious little girl and the words "We miss you." My sister and both looked at each other and I said a prayer for the little girl and her parents. I am very glad my sister invited me to join her on this very important walk. I hope to participate in it next year.


  1. I miss the Buddy Walk. We've traded to the Relay for Life Cancer walks. Our two boys with Down syndrome passed from cancer at ages 15 & 12.

    Thank you for sharing your awareness with others.

  2. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Relay for Life is another very good cause. I have several cousins who participate in it. One is a co-chair. I have her do a luminary every year in honor of my Mother who passed away from cancer. She started with breast cancer and 6 years later was diagnosed with bone cancer. She passed away on Halloween in 1997.