Joe shakes it with the Rio style Samba band Bloco Alegria at this years Buddy Walk.Read More
Written by H. Whisman, Oregon Optimist
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore.—
This Sunday, September 28, the Down Syndrome Network of Oregon (DSNO) will host its 2014 Buddy Walk in Millennium Park Plaza to celebrate and support families with loved ones with Down Syndrome.
Lynnette Sander, mother of three, will attend the Buddy Walk with her family for the third year in a row to support her youngest son, Ethan. “We enjoy many aspects of the Buddy Walk. Mostly it is a good time to meet new families and touch base with familiar faces of families in the Down Syndrome community,” she said.
The schedule of events includes pre-walk festivities, the walk itself, lunch, and a dance contest. “The walk is relatively short because everyone walks, including those that have Down Syndrome,” Sander said.Read More
DSNO hosted author George Estreich during the May Moms’ Coffee, with over 20 attendees.
At the event, the Corvallis father read excerpts from his re-released book The Shape of the Eye. It’s a personal memoir intertwined with facts about Down syndrome that he created to share his experience with Laura, his 12-year-old daughter born with Down syndrome.
Hearing his stories took me back to the days when I was afraid. The day our Lizzie was born.
On November 18, 2011, Elizabeth Piper popped out by c-section. A little butterball, everyone in the operation room said. She was small in length, but weighed 9 pounds and 8 ounces. I remember vividly her very round belly, her short legs that stayed scrunched up in their fetal position, and the bluish pigment of her skin. I thought something wasn’t quite right. And later, doctors diagnosed Lizzie with Down syndrome.Read More