Team Lizzie Dale

$1,740.00/5000.00

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

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