There were over 5,000 people at this event, largest crowd to date. I was honored to be apart of something so special. I had received a text from the girls I used to work with- my Berger ER family. They sent me a picture of them holding a sign for "GO TEAM ETHAN". It's truly amazing the amount of people that have come together since he was born. He has so many people cheering him on! The walk was a casual 1 mile walk around the top of the stadium, once we were in the stadium and got up the ramp. There were cheerleaders that greeted us with "GO ETHAN GO!!!" It was beautiful!! There were pictures and banners of all the kids we were supporting as we walked around. Eli and his daddy made a sign for him to carry (which got handed off a few times to his cousin Hayden- she was very happy to take that job!) It said "Ethan is my little brother" with pictures of the two of them.
I was so happy to meet up with some people I have been talking to. One of them being a family for "TEAM ADALYN" (3 mos). I was introduced to her mommy, Allison a couple weeks ago through another mommy, Jessica- her daughter is Madison (4mos). The 3 of us share very similar stories. We are younger moms with children that have Down Syndrome and all 3 of our kiddo's share similar heart defect. Madison had her surgical repair the beginning of August and is doing extremely well. Adalyn had her surgical repair then end of August, she is at Children's recovering, but it doing well and we pray she will be home soon with her family!!!!
Matthew and Allison
I also got to finally meet up with Michelle, she runs the local group here in Lancaster. It's been awhile since she has gotten a group together due to the wide age ranges, but I'm excited to get a play group started locally. I know of a few other local moms interested and it would be awesome to have the local connections!!
I want to share this experience with you for those that could not join us today... Please see the link below and enjoy!! Somehow the pictures are in random order, but you get the idea :)
A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!!
Pictures from the 2012 Buddy Walk <<< click here for slide show!!!