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   10/20/2014 | Governor Patrick to Sign Bill at Fenway Protecting People with Disabilities from Out-of-State Criminals
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   10/03/2014 | 18th Buddy Walk & Family Festival Comes to Wakefield
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   09/15/2014 | 2nd Annual Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair Comes to Uxbridge
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   09/08/2014 | Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair Press Release Template
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   08/14/2014 | National Background Check Bill Becomes State Law
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   07/16/2014 | EchoStor Partners with Red Sox to Support People with Down Syndrome
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   06/19/2014 | Buddy Walk by the Sea 2014 Press Release Template
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   05/19/2014 | Families to Advocate for Down Syndrome at State House
         Press Release Template for Families Attending Advocacy Day
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         [Your Town, MA] – On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, [names of your family members] will join the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) at the organization’s first MDSC Down Syndrome Advocacy Day at the State House. Advocates will encourage lawmakers to support critical policies and funding to ensure that all people with Down syndrome have opportunities to lead meaningful fulfilling lives in the community.
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   03/30/2014 | California Man to Run Boston Marathon to Make Son With Disabilities Smile
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         On April 21, Jim and Colby Wagoner will run the 118th Boston Marathon in support of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress and their mission of promoting acceptance and inclusion. Already the father-son duo have raised more than $40,000 for the cause.
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   03/22/2014 | Celebrating 30th Annual Champions Conference
         More than two dozen workshops by regional and national experts on a spectrum of topics related to Down syndrome
         On Saturday, March 22, one day after World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress holds its 30th Annual Conference to celebrate the true Champions of the Down syndrome movement here in Massachusetts and demonstrate the resilience of our community and how we all pull together to ensure that people with Down syndrome everywhere have opportunities to lead fulfilling lives.
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   03/21/2014 | Zakim Bridge to be Lit Symbolic Colors of Down Syndrome on World Ds Awareness Day
         The Leonard P. Zakim Bridge, the iconic landmark that overlooks parts of downtown Boston and the Boston Harbor, will be aglow in blue and yellow on March 21 to celebrate World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. For the Down syndrome community, there is no more special day than March 21, World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. Down syndrome is defined by a person having 3 copies of the 21st chromosome, hence 3/21.
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   02/17/2014 | After Battling Leukemia, 7-year-old Boy with Down Syndrome Realizes Sports Fantasy of a Lifetime
         Four years ago, it might have been hard for Liam Fitzgerald’s family to envision the kind of day he would have on Feb. 1, 2014. That’s when Liam was the special guest of his favorite Bruin, defenseman, Adam McQuaid at the TD Garden as the Bruins faced off against the Edmonton Oilers.
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   10/13/2013 | 9th Annual Bruins Alumni Hockey Benefit Game
         Marlborough, MA– The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) is sharpening its skates for its 9th Annual Hockey Benefit Game on Sunday, November 24, 2013. Twenty MDSC All-Stars will take to the ice and face-off against the Boston Bruins Alumni at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA to support the Down syndrome community and raise vital funds for MDSC programs and services.
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   10/13/2013 | 17th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Festival
         Burlington, MA – Amid news that Down syndrome was ‘silenced’ in a laboratory experiment here in Massachusetts, thousands will gather on beautiful Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield on Sunday, Oct. 13 to celebrate people with Down syndrome. The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress’ 17th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Festival is expected to bring together 4,000 people, including individuals with Down syndrome, family members and friends. The event aims to raise both awareness about Down syndrome and critical funds to support our programs and advocacy work.
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   09/19/2013 | 1st Annual Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair
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         The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) will be holding its 1st Annual Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair in Central Massachusetts on Sunday, September 22, 2013 in Uxbridge, MA. The early autumn celebration is expected to bring together more than 500 people, including individuals with Down syndrome, family members and friends, to raise both awareness about Down syndrome and critical funds to support our programs and advocacy work.
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   08/29/2013 | Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair 2013 Press Release Template
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         Town, MA — On Sunday, September 22, 2013, resident name/family name will join more than 500 people, including individuals with Down syndrome, their families and friends at the 1 The early autumn celebration in Uxbridge will raise both awareness about Down syndrome and critical funds to support our programs and advocacy at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC)'s Annual Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair in Central Mass..
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   08/29/2013 | Buddy Walk & Family Festival 2013 Press Release Template
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         YOUR TOWN, MA — On Sunday, October 13, in the midst of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the YOUR FAMILY NAME of TOWN will join more than 3,000 family members, friends and people with Down syndrome at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield to celebrate, promote acceptance and inclusion, and look to a bright future for the Down syndrome community in Massachusetts and beyond.
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   07/18/2013 | Massachusetts Teen to Meet Justin Bieber before Boston Gig July 20
         Guitar-Playing Young Man with Down Syndrome Raised 7K, Won Contest
         BURLINGTON and NEWBURYPORT, Mass., July 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Two months ago, Newburyport High School sophomore Jared Bedard heard that pop star Justin Bieber had pledged to meet the person who raised the most money to help cure a rare childhood tumor
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   07/18/2013 | Landmark Study on Down Syndrome Raises Ethical Issues
         Therapeutic Implications Years Away
         BURLINGTON, Mass., July 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The MDSC, the leading Down syndrome organization in Massachusetts, and a national and international leader in the field of Down syndrome programming and advocacy, was excited to hear about a landmark study being published today in the scientific journal Nature.
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   03/21/2013 | Celebrating the ‘Real Lives’ of People with Down Syndrome
         Dedham's Maureen Blazejewski Receives Educator's Award
         Burlington, MA – On Saturday, March 23, two days after World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress holds its 29th Annual Conference to celebrate the “Real Lives” of people with Down syndrome. At the Conference, held at the DCU in Worcester, Massachusetts, Dedham's Maureen Blazejewski will be presented the MDSC's Outstanding Educator Award (Photo Below).
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   03/21/2013 | Celebrating the ‘Real Lives’ of People with Down Syndrome
         Tom Sannicandro to Receive Leadership Award Saturday
         Burlington, MA – On Saturday, March 23, two days after World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress holds its 29th Annual Conference to celebrate the “Real Lives” of people with Down syndrome. At the Conference, held at the DCU in Worcester, Massachusetts, Rep. Tom Sannicandro will receive the MDSC's Leadership Award. Tom’s first foray into disability advocacy was brought on by personal circumstances. In 1984, soon after he opened his law practice in Framingham and Ashland, his son Dave was born with Down syndrome.
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   03/21/2013 | Celebrating the ‘Real Lives’ of People with Down Syndrome
         Wellesley's Rory Callaghan to Offer Keynote Address Saturday
         Burlington, MA – On Saturday, March 23, two days after World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress holds its 29th Annual Conference to celebrate the “Real Lives” of people with Down syndrome. At the Conference, held at the DCU in Worcester, Massachusetts, Rory Callaghan of Wellesley will give the keynote address. Rory was born in Boston 18 years ago and his life story has been one of both inclusion and exceptionalism.
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   03/21/2013 | Celebrating the ‘Real Lives’ of People with Down Syndrome
         MDSC Advocacy Specialist John Anton Makes Triumphant Return from Washington D.C.
         Burlington, MA – On Saturday, March 23, two days after World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress holds its 29th Annual Conference to celebrate the “Real Lives” of people with Down syndrome. At the Conference, held at the DCU in Worcester, Massachusetts, MDSC Advocacy Specialist John Anton will make a triumphant return to the Bay State. John, 47, will receive the organization’s highest honor, the Allen C. Crocker Award of Excellence. John, a native of Haverhill, Mass. has been living out a lifelong dream for the past seven weeks, advocating for disability policy at the highest level of government in Washington, D.C.
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   10/10/2012 | 16th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Picnic
         'GLEE'S' LAUREN POTTER RECEIVES FIRST-EVER 'SAMANTHA MARCIA STEVENS FAMILY AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN RAISING AWARENESS' Lauren
         Lauren Potter on Sunday was honored with the first-ever “Samantha Marcia Stevens Family Award of Excellence in Raising Awareness.” The named award was presented to the actress on stage at the MDSC’s 16th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Picnic in Wakefield, where Ms. Potter was the Special Guest.
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   10/04/2012 | 16th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Picnic
         JAMES MASSONE OF ‘THE VOICE’ TO JOIN ‘GLEE’ & ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ STARS AT SUNDAY’S BUDDY WALK
         BREAKING NEWS: JAMES MASSONE, OF “THE VOICE,” WILL PERFORM AT SUNDAY’S BUDDY WALK IN WAKEFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS. James, 24, a Wakefield native, started out his career singing and performing mostly at high school talent shows, plays, and small concerts.
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   08/20/2012 | THE MDSC and THE ARC OF MASS. JOIN FORCES TO TEACH MEDICAL STUDENTS DISABILITY AWARENESS
         The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress and The Arc of Massachusetts are pleased to announce the launch of a recent collaboration on Operation House Call, a unique program that for the past two decades has taught disability awareness to medical students throughout the Commonwealth.
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   07/30/2012 | Red Sox to Celebrate Down Syndrome at Fenway for Disability Awareness Night on Tuesday
         CJ Buckley, child with Down syndrome who survived leukemia, will throw out first pitch
         The MDSC's own CJ Buckley has been asked to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. CJ was born 11 years ago with Down syndrome. As a young boy, he was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. According to his parents, Sandra and Sean of North Attleboro, CJ endured his two years of chemotherapy and treatment with smiles and love.
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   06/29/2012 | Landmark Prenatal Testing Bill Signed Into Law
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         Boston, MA - It was an historic day for people with Down syndrome, their families and those who love them in Massachusetts. Just after noon, in the Governor's chambers of the State House, surrounded by more than a dozen legislative leaders, parents of people with Down syndrome and self-advocates, Governor Patrick signed landmark legislation that promises to bolster a bright future for the Down syndrome community in the Bay State.
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   06/23/2012 | 2nd Annual Buddy Walk by the Sea Rolls Into Falmouth
         Falmouth, Mass. — On Saturday July 28, rain or shine, people from across the South Shore, Cape and Islands (and those who vacation there) will come together for a day of celebration at the 2nd Annual Buddy Walk by the Sea, hosted by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC), the state’s premier resource for Down syndrome information, networking and advocacy.
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   03/01/2012 | MDSC’s Annual Conference Refutes National Magazine’s Tasteless Insult
         National Modeling Star with Down Syndrome to Make Special Guest Appearance
         Burlington, MA - On Saturday, March 17, 2012, just days before World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress will host its 28th Annual Conference, among the largest educational events on Down syndrome in the nation, at the DCU Center in Worcester.
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   02/26/2012 | Time Magazine to Feature the MDSC
         Article about Pretesting Prenatal Down Syndrome
         The TIME Magazine issue that comes out tomorrow will include a five-page spread about new advances in prenatal Down syndrome testing that prominently features the work and expertise of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.
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   10/28/2011 | Patrick Myshrall, Local Student with Down Syndrome to Present to Over 250 Educators Across MA on What is Means to Be Included in the Classroom. Three of His Classmates Will Introduce Him”
         “He Scored Touchdown for the St. Peter-Marian High Football Team A Couple Weeks Ago That Made Headlines This Past Week”
         Worcester, MA – On Thursday, November 2, 2011, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) will host its 8th Annual Educators Forum at the College of the Holy Cross (Hogan Campus Center), which is designed for educators across Massachusetts and New England to learn about best practices for educating students with Down syndrome in an inclusive classroom Local and national experts will offer workshops on literacy and technology, math, friendship, behavior, post-secondary education, and differentiated instruction for general and special education teachers at the elementary, middle and high school level.
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   10/03/2011 | “Local Family to Celebrate Down Syndrome at Annual Buddy Walk”
         15th Anniversary of Promoting Acceptance & Inclusion in Massachusetts
         Natick, MA — On Sunday, October 9, the Dolly Family from Hingham will join thousands at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) 15th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Picnic, presented by VERIZON, to celebrate the Down syndrome community and promote acceptance and inclusion.
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   10/03/2011 | “Local Family to Celebrate Down Syndrome at Annual Buddy Walk”
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         Natick, MA — On Sunday, October 9, the Mann Family will join thousands at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) 15th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Picnic, presented by VERIZON, to celebrate the Down syndrome community and promote acceptance and inclusion.
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   09/28/2011 | “Local Family to Celebrate NOAH at Annual Buddy Walk”
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         Lynn, MA — On Sunday, October 9, Noah Downey and his family will join thousands of participants at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) 15th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Picnic, presented by VERIZON, to celebrate the Down syndrome community and promote acceptance and inclusion.
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   09/28/2011 | “Local Family to Celebrate SARINA at Annual Buddy Walk”
         15th Anniversary of Promoting Acceptance & Inclusion in Massachusetts
         Georgetown, MA — On Sunday, October 9, Staci and Steven Flynn, of Nunan’s Florist Shop, will join thousands of participants at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) 15th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Picnic, presented by VERIZON, to celebrate the Down syndrome community and promote acceptance and inclusion in honor of their daughter, Sarina.
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   09/28/2011 | “Local Family to Celebrate Ella at Annual Buddy Walk”
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         Lynnfield, MA — On Sunday, October 9, the Doherty family will join thousands of participants at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) 15th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Picnic, presented by VERIZON, to celebrate the Down syndrome community and promote acceptance and inclusion in honor of their daughter, Ella.
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   09/22/2011 | Thousands Celebrate Down Syndrome at Annual Buddy Walk
         15th Anniversary of Promoting Acceptance & Inclusion in Massachusetts
         Burlington, MA — On Sunday, October 9, thousands of family, friends and self-advocates will gather at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) 15th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Picnic, presented by VERIZON. Participants will celebrate the Down syndrome community and promote acceptance and inclusion.
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   09/22/2011 | Study: Family, Siblings, Etc. Find Down Syndrome to be Positive in Their Lives
         News comes as thousands prepare to celebrate 15th Annual Buddy Walk for Down syndrome
         Burlington, MA —Three related surveys led by a physician at Children’s Hospital Boston suggest that the experience of Down syndrome is a positive one for most parents, siblings and people with Down syndrome themselves. The results, published in three reports in the October issue of the American Journal of Medical Genetics, may serve to inform expectant parents and clinicians providing prenatal care.
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   09/16/2011 | “Local Family to Celebrate Down Syndrome at Annual Buddy Walk”
         15th Anniversary of Promoting Acceptance & Inclusion in Massachusetts
         Burlington, MA — On Sunday, October 9, Mary Elizabeth Gendron and her family will join thousands of participants at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) 15th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Picnic, presented by VERIZON, to celebrate the Down syndrome community and promote acceptance and inclusion.
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   09/16/2011 | “Local Family to Celebrate JOEY at Annual Buddy Walk”
         15th Anniversary of Promoting Acceptance & Inclusion in Massachusetts
         Winthrop, MA — On Sunday, October 9, Joey Guiffre and his family will join thousands of participants at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) 15th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Picnic, presented by VERIZON, to celebrate the Down syndrome community and promote acceptance and inclusion.
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   09/16/2011 | “Local Resident Involved in MDSC Buddy Walk Since It’s Early Year”
         15th Anniversary of Promoting Acceptance & Inclusion in Massachusetts
         Wakefield, MA — Wakefield is the home of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Buddy Walk every October during National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. On Sunday, October 9, Lake Quannapowitt will be filled with over 3,500 people to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Buddy Walk & Family Picnic, presented by VERIZON, to continue to promote acceptance and inclusion. Local resident, Marie Rej, has been a part of this event from its early years.
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   09/16/2011 | "Local Family to Celebrate Son Maximus at Annual Buddy Walk"
         15th Anniversary of Promoting Acceptance & Inclusion of People with Down Syndrome
         Hamilton, MA — On Sunday, October 9, Barbara and John Vanderwilden and their family and friends will join thousands at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress’ (MDSC) 15th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Picnic, presented by VERIZON, to celebrate the Down syndrome community and promote acceptance and inclusion.
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   10/04/2010 | MDSC Buddy Walk Hosts Celebrities, Politicians and Self-Advocates on 10-10-10
         14th Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Event Welcomes Senator Scott Brown, Singer Ayla Brown, Signing Times! Rachel Coleman and Hundreds of Self Advocates
         MELROSE, Mass. (10.4.2010) -- This Sunday, October 10, 2010 thousands of families will convene around Wakefield’s Lake Quannapowitt to celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) will host its 14th Annual Buddy Walk®, at which thousands of families, friends and the general public walk three miles to raise awareness about Down syndrome and to promote acceptance and inclusion for more than 5,000 children and adults living with Down syndrome in Massachusetts.
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   10/04/2010 | “Senator Scott Brown joining MDSC Buddy Walk alongside John Anton, NDSS Self-Advocate of the Year”
         Senator will introduce NDSS Advocate of the Year, John Anton, before walk kickoff To celebrate the Down syndrome community and promote acceptance and inclusion
         (October 4, 2010) -- Senator Scott Brown will join thousands of families at the 14th Annual Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) Buddy Walk on Sunday, October 10th at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield to celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness Month and introduce John Anton, MDSC nominee and recipient of the National Down Syndrome Society’s (NDSS) Advocate of the Year award.
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   10/04/2010 | “Celebrity Entrepreneur Rachel Coleman Visits Massachusetts”
         Signing Time Host and Co-Founder Performs at MDSC Buddy Walk; Highlights How Sign Language Plays a Role in Early Speech Development in All Children
         MELROSE, Mass. (October 4, 2010) -- Rachel Coleman, Emmy-nominated host of Signing Time!, will perform for thousands of families and children at the 14th Annual Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) Buddy Walk™ on Sunday, October 10th at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield.
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