On Sunday March 20th the three co-founders came out to walk 21 kilometers for Down Syndrome. This turns out to be about 13 miles. We decided to walk the track in Central Park – because what is more New York than that?
I have to start out by saying how COLD it was. We tried to move our legs and warm up when we started - and having great company definitely distracted us! While we were all together we were able to reflect on what we want for our community and why! We want inclusion for our children – just because they have Down Syndrome doesn’t mean they need to be separated from typical developing children. We all rocked our T21Rocks! Shirts and were happy to answer questions when joggers paused to see what we were walking for. We hope our tiny bit of visibility that weekend has helped other New York families be more aware and accepting of families with a Down Syndrome diagnosis.
We began our 321 Walk-a-thon with a goal of raising $1600 to fund our legal paperwork to become a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. We are working with a prestigious law firm, and they are helping us create our Org free of charge! We are so grateful for all of the people who believed in us and donated towards our goal. But we haven’t succeeded yet! Our plans are on hold until we obtain the money needed to move forward. Please feel free to visit out Donate page and give whatever you can. Once we are an official NPO we can apply for grants and obtain a permanent home for our families and programs. We have a dance class in the works, film production, afterschool, summer day camp, monthly therapist-led meetings, – we are so excited to open up this new world to our community! I am about to be a teacher and I just want to give families a place to relax, learn, and enjoy each other’s company. The more opportunities we give each other, and the more resources we are able to share with each other – the farther we will go!
The 321 Walk-a-thon took about 4.5 hours! We were all really sore afterwards – check out our Gallery for pictures and our main page for videos! – but I know given the opportunity we would walk this walk again to help our organization grow, and continue to educate and empower our amazing community!