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Thank you for your help with the Buddy Walk

To Coach Muse, the Minnechaug Regional High School boy’s cross country team and their parents:
Saturday morning is a great day to sleep in, relax, and take it slow after a busy week. But you all sacrificed that to get up early, drive to Westfield and attend the 2011 Buddy Walk. Some of you even came extra early to set up for the more than 1,200 walkers that were expected. You had to organize a walking team, collect donations (Go Tyler!!) and organize rides for the more than 30 walkers. You raised over $1,000!
It is hard to express just how grateful we are to all of you. We’d like to start by letting you know all of the wonderful things that will happen as a result of your efforts. The National Down Syndrome Society will advocate on a national level on issues related to Down syndrome. But most of the funds stay right here is Western Mass to support the activities of the Down Syndrome Resource Group. (DSRG). The DSRG is an organization run entirely by volunteers. The DSRG has a First Call program to support families who have just received a diagnosis. The DSRG offers trainings on education, medical issues, financial planning, etc. specific to the needs of an individual with Down syndrome. They offer networking and social events for families and workshops for siblings. They provide recreational, music and social development programs. They have a newsletter and a website for sharing information. These are just some of the many things the DSRG offers their families; some of the many things that will continue as a result of your efforts.
That all may sound like a long dry list. It doesn’t begin to express what this means to the families of the DSRG. As a mom, a First Call parent, and a member of the board of directors of the DSRG, I have experienced and witnessed the priceless gifts that these activities bring to families. Please know that you have deeply touched the lives of our families.
Joyce and John Leckey and family
Wilbraham

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