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Buddy Walk by the Sea



Raising Awareness in Southeastern Massachusetts

Our 4th Annual Buddy Walk by the Sea on Sunday July 27, 2014 brought together 400 MDSC families and friends, legislators, educators, employers and members of the local community for our biggest Buddy Walk by the Sea celebration to date! We hope you will join us this summer as we raise funds and awareness to promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome throughout southeastern Massachusetts, including the Cape and Islands. Stay tuned for 2015 event date!

The Buddy Walk by the Sea is morning, harborside celebration that includes a light breakfast, children's activities, a one-mile pledge walk, family entertainment, networking opportunities with local disability organizations, and a chance to talk to MDSC Self-Advocate Ambassadors. All proceeds benefit vital programs and services the MDSC offers including Parents First Call, Advocates in Motion (AIM), Educators Forum, Annual Conference, and Legislative Advocacy.

Our 2013 Self-Advocate Ambassadors

Carey Daly, Centerville

Cary DalyCarey Daly, 20, was the first person with Down syndrome to run the Falmouth Road Race, a seven mile journey from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights. He was awarded the 2009 Michael Denmark Award, which goes to a single runner who accomplishes a significant achievement in the face of extraordinary personal challenges. Carey will once again be lacing up his sneakers for his fifth Falmouth Road Race for Team MDSC a couple weeks before the Buddy Walk by the Sea. When the running shoes are off, he speaks to other groups participating in Race for MDSC events and shows his support in the cheering section with his mom, Colleen.


Connor Gifford, Nantucket
Connor GiffordConnor Gifford, 26, is well known for America According to Connor Gifford, a history book he wrote with Victoria Harris that was released in June 2008. Connor is originally from Perrysburg, Ohio, where he graduated high school in 2002. His parents pushed for him to be included in the classroom and his love for history started in the eigth grade. He now works on Nantucket and volunteers for many organizations. “Through history we know that every character is different,” says Connor. “As for my having Down syndrome, it means that I have a gift.”

Tracey Newhart, Falmouth
Tracy NewhartTracey Newhart, 28, is currently getting ready for Buddy Walk by the Sea with walks around her East Falmouth neighborhood. In addition to Down syndrome, Tracey has Grave’s disease, which causes extreme fatigue. “The doctor said the one mile will feel like ten to her,” says Tracey’s mother, Pat. “It will be her first Buddy Walk without a wheelchair.”

After Tracey gaining attention for a dispute regarding her MCAS scores years ago, she has gone on to open her very own catering business, called Tracey’s Kitchen, which she now operates out of her home. She makes cakes, cookies and other baked goods for special occasions, including weddings and birthday parties, and has prepared food for Down syndrome awareness conferences as far away as Arkansas.

Billy Corcoran, Centerville
Billy Corcoran, 18, is active within his community. Billy helps out with Meals on Wheels, visits nursing homes, and enjoys working with children. Billy started riding horses at the age of four and has won many medals throughout the years. His proudest moment was winning a silver medal at the state finals. Billy's career goal is to become an Advocate, and he hopes to one day work at the State House!


How You Can Help  

If you have questions about our Buddy Walk By the Sea, email us at bwbythesea@mdsc.org.

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