Saturday, August 28, 2010


Well hey there, cutie.  how are you?

Today a few things happened that led to the post you are reading right now.  First, I got an email from a friend asking about the Buddy Walk.  It was one of those moments when the TO DO list jumps right off the page and smacks you.  
Our Fundrasing page for the Buddy Walk?  It's been done for about a month.  

The blog post talking about the walk?  Not so much.  Also, emailing our past team members to let them know the date and page so they could register....unfinished.  So I started to get to it...I selected a picture...the one you see in front of you, as a matter of fact, and I posted it. 

Then I went to Costco because Hubby had promised me a hot dog.  A hot dog I did not get, I might add.  But I digress....again the Blog stood neglected.  

Then I was innocently reading a few blogs that I like, and this quote reminded me of my purpose today.  Let me share the quote I found:

"Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others...for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”    -Albert Einstein

And so I'm back, to talk to you about the Buddy walk, and the purpose I have right now.  The purpose I devote myself to each fall.  The purpose of celebration, of remembrance, of love, of devotion.....the purpose of reminding YOU that I have some requests, and the reasons I must make them.   

Each year since Ben was born our family has participated in the Buddy Walk: a fundraising walk for the Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan.  Each year I remind you what a wonderful cause this is, how much the Guild has helped us out, and what they do for families who are raising children who have a little something extra in their lives.  I write about Tiny Man

We will walk again this year, and I know of some others who will walk with us.  If you've never been to a Buddy Walk, maybe this is the year for you.  There is no energy like the energy of this day....the energy of families who want you to know what their children CAN accomplish, the energy of children who want you to see them for who they are: kids leading normal lives, loving, playing, going to school, and along the way dealing with a few extra challenges. 

The Buddy Walk is nothing short of magic. 

If you choose to make a donation to our team, you will be supporting people who want nothing more than to lead a life like everyone else.  Your donation goes directly to an organization that advocates for equal treatment, equal rights, equal education, equal opportunities for people who have Down syndrome.  Your money is used to purchase equipment, fund educational endeavors, but most of it goes directly to families in the form of advocacy, assistance, scholarships, and education.  I have seen first hand what the money is spent on, and it is good. 

If you would like to walk, to donate, or just to learn more, please visit our fund raising page by clicking here.

If you have any questions about how to navigate the page (which can be tricky), or about Tiny man, or about what this is all about, please feel free to comment or to contact me directly.  

Thank you. 


Anonymous said...

Ben u were the sweetest and cutiest little guy ever. U will never be forgottin in my heart and dreams, we miss u and love u!!!!

Desiree and Family

Kris said...

One of these years I'm going to fly up there and walk with you!!!

Carol, Song of Joy said...

Thank you for this heart-felt reminder of Ben, your/our "Tiny Man", someone who made a difference in this world--a miracle boy! I miss him and I know you always will, deeply. As you prepare to meet this "new" boy, may your heart once more be just a bit more healed with your participation in the Buddy Walk. I am so proud of you and Scott. Ben's life and death could have destroyed both of you, as well as your marriage, but you have come through, with courage, hope and great love!

Love from me,

Coffeemomma said...

Kris: you will always have a place to stay if you decide to come walk...or just to come and visit. :) If you've never been up for a Michigan autumn, I highly recommend it.
Carol: we survived because we are lucky, because we have so much support, and because we believe in magic. :)