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Sherborn's Horigan Dye family to take part in Buddy Walk to support Down syndrome programs

On Sunday, Oct. 7, capping the first week of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the Horigan Dye family of Sherborn will join more than 3,000 families, 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.

Now in its 16th year, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress’ Buddy Walk & Family Picnic, presented by Verizon, is the largest gathering of people with Down syndrome and their loved ones in New England and among the largest in the nation.

Official network sponsor is Fox 25 WFXT News. This year, there will be an appearance by “Glee” star Lauren Potter, known to millions as Becky Jackson, captain of the Cheerios cheerleading squad. Potter was recently appointed to President Obama’s Commission on Intellectual Disabilities.

The Horigan Dye family includes daughter Ava, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome at 11 weeks, and is now 2 1/2 years old. The family will be taking part in the Buddy Walk for the third year.

The varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders from Dover-Sherborn High School will be heading up the cheers at this year’s walk.

The family-friendly walk will feature arts and crafts, balloon artists and magicians and musicians, including Nashville-based Ayla Brown, whose 5-piece band will be playing songs from her soon-to-be released album. There will also be special performances by dancers in the Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance Program and an appearance by world record-holding extreme vertical jumping dog, Yeager from Team 21.

The centerpiece of the day is the celebratory three-mile walk around the picturesque lake that is expected to raise more than $350,000 to directly support vital MDSC programs and services. This includes Parent’s First Call, Advocates in Motion, Teacher Partnership Network, Educator’s Forum, Annual Conference, and Legislative Advocacy efforts, all of which help the MDSC ensure individuals with Down syndrome are valued, included and given opportunities to pursue fulfilling lives in the community.

To support the Horigan Dye Family’s Team, visit http://mdsc.kintera.org/buddywalk2012 and scroll down to Ava & Amanda’s Angels and The Dover Sherborn Cheerleaders, search under Amanda Dye, or call 781-221-0024 for more information.


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