Team Lizzie Dale

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Team Lizzie Dale

Strolling the aisles of yesterday’s Farmer’s Market, an older man stopped to gaze into Lizzie’s eyes then looked at me and said, “I have a special son, too.”

Before I could blink, our new friend went from stranger to family. Wide grins spread across our faces. Words like “blessing” and “lucky” spilled out in a conversation that I never wanted to end.

“My son is 52. He lives with his younger sister, who is 51,” the man went on to say. We never shared our names; just our stories of how our world was made better because of our children who have Down syndrome – never uttering the words Down syndrome. It wasn’t necessary.

On another day, out and about with Lizzie, I experienced more magic. On the toy aisle of Target, a grandmother lit up when Lizzie tugged at the dolls. She told me that Lizzie’s happiness was “infectious.” And later that same day, at Whole Foods I listened to a mother on her cell phone apologize to the caller for getting “distracted by this adorable little girl” – my Lizzie.

At her preschool, Lizzie’s favorite activity is imitating the teacher. She climbs into the teacher’s chair, points to the calendar while her friends gather in a circle on the carpet. Not only is Lizzie learning with her peers, she wants to teach them.

And that’s the moral of our story. We’re always learning from our children. We will always be learning from Lizzie.

As Lizzie’s “buddies,” we want to invite you to join us at our family’s third annual “Buddy Walk,” organized by the Down Syndrome Network – Oregon, (“DSNO”). This local and national event promotes awareness and inclusion of our friends with Down syndrome, like Lizzie. Our family is hoping you can participate by walking with Team Lizzie Dale on Sunday, September 28th, and/or helping us raise funds for our local chapter, DSNO.

In past years, Team Lizzie Dale’s buddies have numbered 50+ walkers each year with total donations of over $14,000. The money we raise supports DSNO programs such as Dads’ Dinners and Moms’ Coffees to bring together families of children with Down syndrome. It sends parents to national conferences to learn about Down syndrome while meeting similar families from around the world. I was fortunate to attend conferences in Denver and Washington, D.C., and next year we hope to travel to Arizona.

I’ve also enjoyed hosting many Moms’ Coffees in our home, including times when we’ve brought authors, speech therapists and school teachers to speak. Dozens of moms participate in these each month, while my husband Elliott has hosted and participated in the Dads’ Dinners at local breweries around Portland.

DSNO also coordinates a program to bring resources to new parents, called our “Basket of Hope.” It includes books written by renowned specialists in fine and gross motor skills for individuals with Down syndrome, knit caps and blankets woven by our members, and toys and shoes donated by companies such as the Disney Store and Nike. I received baskets of hope when we had Lizzie and now have the opportunity to put these together for new moms when we get those wonderful calls of a new baby joining our community.

We would love to see you September 28th, walking alongside Lizzie on our buddy team. To register and/or donate, please visit: http://www.dsno.org/buddywalk/registration-donation/ and be sure to select Team Lizzie Dale from the dropdown menu! Thank you to our supporters, our buddies who make it all possible.

For those people we meet at the preschool, the Farmer’s Market and grocery stores… they see Lizzie as someone they want to emulate. I know Lizzie’s smiles are making them think… “I want to be as happy as that little girl…” “I want to know her secret.”

Strolling the aisles of yesterday’s Farmer’s Market, an older man stopped to gaze into Lizzie’s eyes then looked at me and said, “I have a special son, too.”

Before I could blink, our new friend went from stranger to family. Wide grins spread across our faces. Words like “blessing” and “lucky” spilled out in a conversation that I never wanted to end.

“My son is 52. He lives with his younger sister, who is 51,” the man went on to say. We never shared our names; just our stories of how our world was made better because of our children who have Down syndrome – never uttering the words Down syndrome. It wasn’t necessary.

On another day, out and about with Lizzie, I experienced more magic. On the toy aisle of Target, a grandmother lit up when Lizzie tugged at the dolls. She told me that Lizzie’s happiness was “infectious.” And later that same day, at Whole Foods I listened to a mother on her cell phone apologize to the caller for getting “distracted by this adorable little girl” – my Lizzie.

At her preschool, Lizzie’s favorite activity is imitating the teacher. She climbs into the teacher’s chair, points to the calendar while her friends gather in a circle on the carpet. Not only is Lizzie learning with her peers, she wants to teach them.

And that’s the moral of our story. We’re always learning from our children. We will always be learning from Lizzie.

As Lizzie’s “buddies,” we want to invite you to join us at our family’s third annual “Buddy Walk,” organized by the Down Syndrome Network – Oregon, (“DSNO”). This local and national event promotes awareness and inclusion of our friends with Down syndrome, like Lizzie. Our family is hoping you can participate by walking with Team Lizzie Dale on Sunday, September 28th, and/or helping us raise funds for our local chapter, DSNO.

In past years, Team Lizzie Dale’s buddies have numbered 50+ walkers each year with total donations of over $14,000. The money we raise supports DSNO programs such as Dads’ Dinners and Moms’ Coffees to bring together families of children with Down syndrome. It sends parents to national conferences to learn about Down syndrome while meeting similar families from around the world. I was fortunate to attend conferences in Denver and Washington, D.C., and next year we hope to travel to Arizona.

I’ve also enjoyed hosting many Moms’ Coffees in our home, including times when we’ve brought authors, speech therapists and school teachers to speak. Dozens of moms participate in these each month, while my husband Elliott has hosted and participated in the Dads’ Dinners at local breweries around Portland.

DSNO also coordinates a program to bring resources to new parents, called our “Basket of Hope.” It includes books written by renowned specialists in fine and gross motor skills for individuals with Down syndrome, knit caps and blankets woven by our members, and toys and shoes donated by companies such as the Disney Store and Nike. I received baskets of hope when we had Lizzie and now have the opportunity to put these together for new moms when we get those wonderful calls of a new baby joining our community.

We would love to see you September 28th, walking alongside Lizzie on our buddy team. To register and/or donate, please visit: http://www.dsno.org/buddywalk/registration-donation/ and be sure to select Team Lizzie Dale from the dropdown menu! Thank you to our supporters, our buddies who make it all possible.

For those people we meet at the preschool, the Farmer’s Market and grocery stores… they see Lizzie as someone they want to emulate. I know Lizzie’s smiles are making them think… “I want to be as happy as that little girl…” “I want to know her secret.”

Contributors to this Buddy Team

Kati

$25.00

We love you Lizzie!!!

September 29th, 2014

Marla

$25.00

September 29th, 2014

Jennifer

$25.00

Thank you Buddies!

September 28th, 2014

Laurie and Richard

$100.00

Go Team Lizzie Dale!

September 28th, 2014

Harry and Patty

$50.00

We are rooting for Lizzie 'all...the...way!'

September 28th, 2014

Malcolm

$25.00

September 28th, 2014

Shirley

$18.00

Hope all went well!

September 28th, 2014

Silas

$25.00

Go Team Lizzie!

September 28th, 2014

Norma

$25.00

Go Team Lizzie and all her Buddies !! Norma and Gene Zuckerman

September 28th, 2014

Susan

$25.00

Go Team Lizzie!!!!

September 28th, 2014

Elliot

$50.00

We walk in solidarity with all of our Buddies ... most especially Lizzie Dale and all her friends! Sharon & Elliot Karp

September 28th, 2014

Elizabeth

$10.00

What a beautiful little girl! Thanks Nancy for letting us know about this.

September 27th, 2014

Lori

$50.00

Wish I could be there! Go Lizzie!

September 27th, 2014

The Olive and the Grape

$250.00

Go Lizzie - your pals at O&G

September 27th, 2014

Kristen

$100.00

Happy walking Team Lizzie!! I hope some day we all get to meet!! I love all the pics & watching Lizzy & her siblings grow!! Elliott & Jen, you truly have a beautiful family!!

September 27th, 2014

Steven

$25.00

Go team Lizzie!

September 27th, 2014

Laruen

$63.00

Go Dales with love from the Eisenberg and Maddox families

September 27th, 2014

Angelique

$100.00

September 26th, 2014

Greg, Gina & Abby

$50.00

Wish we could be there. GO Team Lizzie :)

September 26th, 2014

Dan

$25.00

You go, Lizzie!

September 26th, 2014

Deborahe

$100.00

Go Team Lizzie

September 26th, 2014

Russell and Andy

$25.00

Best of luck on the Buddy Walk and best wishes to Lizzie and the Dale family!

September 26th, 2014

Terry

$50.00

September 26th, 2014

Nancy

$50.00

Good Luck Team Lizzie!! Love You

September 26th, 2014

John

$100.00

September 26th, 2014

Anca

$80.00

September 26th, 2014

Krista

$45.00

Go Lizzie!!

September 26th, 2014

Stephanie

$100.00

We will be out of town so can't walk with you this year but want you to know you always have our support for Team Lizzie! Xoxo Stephanie, Earl, Grace & Sam

September 26th, 2014

Martin

$100.00

Delighted to be able to support you on this awesome cause! Martin and Lois

September 26th, 2014

Irv, Nancy and Dorothy

$500.00

Great-Grandma Dorothy, Papa Irv and Bubbe Nancy are soooo! proud of you! Go Lizzie!!!

September 26th, 2014

ryanne

$100.00

September 26th, 2014

amanda

$25.00

September 25th, 2014

Josh

$25.00

September 25th, 2014

Courtney

$50.00

Go Team Lizzie!!

September 25th, 2014

Sue

$50.00

September 25th, 2014

Beth & Mark

$130.00

Go Team Lizzie! We're looking forward to joining you all again this year!

September 25th, 2014

Carrie

$25.00

Go Team Lizzie Dale

September 25th, 2014

Jamie

$65.00

Three years in a row, it's amazing watching you grow miss Lizzie, love you, teacher Jamie

September 24th, 2014

Travis

$50.00

September 24th, 2014

Nancy

$50.00

Lizzie, Sorry I won't be able to walk with you this year but I m now living in Arizona. My heart will be with you and Maddie, Charlie and your Mom & Dad. Love, Nancy (your old neighbor)

September 24th, 2014

Sue

$15.00

September 24th, 2014

Lisa, Russell, Samantha & Jack

$50.00

We love you Dales

September 24th, 2014

NANCY

$50.00

Way to go, Team Lizzie! Love you and your bright light sweet little Lizzie!!

September 24th, 2014

Hope

$50.00

Love to Lizzie. Have a great walk! Hope, Rick, Adam, and Maya Lorimer

September 23rd, 2014

Barbara

$15.00

Oma loves you Lizzie!

September 23rd, 2014

Robin

$50.00

I'm sorry we won't be there this year. We love you Lizzie and hope you have fun this weekend.

September 23rd, 2014

Lara

$25.00

September 23rd, 2014

randee

$25.00

September 23rd, 2014

Lisbeth

$18.00

Life support

September 23rd, 2014

Jamey

$75.00

We love you and your inspiration Lizzie! xoxo Uncle Adam, Auntie Jamey, Abby & Gavin

September 23rd, 2014

Matt Gilchrist

$100.00

Our family is excited to walk alongside you Lizzie! Thank you for the honor to be part of your Buddy Walk Team.

September 23rd, 2014

Melissa

$50.00

Go Lizze, GO!!! Wishing you the very best this next weekend. Sorry we are unable to make it this year. XOXO, The Martons Addy, Caden, Melissa & Rob

September 22nd, 2014

Emily

$105.00

The Pinkerton's LOVE YOU LIZZY BOO!

September 22nd, 2014

Edward

$250.00

Yeah Lizzie! We love you soooo much

September 21st, 2014

Anne

$90.00

Go Lizzie!!!!

September 20th, 2014

Andrea

$45.00

LET'S GO TEAM LIZZIE DALE!!!! We've got this!

September 20th, 2014

Susan

$65.00

Love you Lizzie! Looking forward to walking with you.

September 20th, 2014

George & Joyce

$50.00

Go Team Lizzie!!

September 20th, 2014

W> Brown & Mauree

$300.00

Much LOVE LIZZIE DALE from G'pa Brown and G'ma Mauree and Aunt Lilli B. Wish we were walking with you > You will be in our thoughts and prayers for a fun amazing walk !!!

September 20th, 2014

Christopher

$100.00

Go Lizzie! We love you!

September 18th, 2014

Elizabeth

$60.00

We love you Lizzie!

September 18th, 2014

Nancy Weinberger

$500.00

We love you Lizzie! Bubbe and Grandpa Vegas!

September 14th, 2014

Joan Saurini

$130.00

Can't wait to participate again for team Lizzie!Go Lizzie!!!Joan & joe

September 14th, 2014

Jennifer

$400.00

Thank you to all of our friends and family!

September 14th, 2014