We participated in our 3rd Buddy Walk this past Saturday. We lucked out with no rain, comfortably cool temps, and a great turnout for our team, Lexi Lou's Whos. Both family and friends came to the event to walk the 2.6 miles around the canal in downtown Indianapolis. No one fell in. Always a sign of a successful walk.
By the numbers:
Lexi Lou's Whos raised $2375, placing us in the top 20 of a record 188 teams. And we had 26 walkers for our team, all decked out in Seuss-style (or IU) red and white.
|Even our hardcore |
Such a trooper! (Thanks Jen.)
|Alexis has taken to combining Pops and Grandma Connie, into "Papa Connie". That way, she can spend|
less time talking and more time lovin'.
|Susan and Lacey joined us for the first time. We loved having you there!|
|Not sure who loves the other more, Lex or Uncle Ron. I think it's mutual adoration.|
|Paula with Nick, and Amy and Kenzie with Chris Burke.|
|The girl loves her freedom to just GO.|
So anyway, back to the numbers. Nationally, there are over 250 Buddy Walks. (There were 17 when it started in 1995.) DSI surpassed their fundraising goal of $220,000 and there were an estimated 5000 walkers in all (I think).
|Another statistic: our team consisted of 12 wheels.|
|In attendance: Lexi, 4 grandparents, 5 aunts and uncles, 2 parents, 2 siblings, 6 cousins, and 6 dear friends.|
This was the 3rd Buddy Walk we've participated in, and definitely my favorite, simply because I've met more and more people and was able to talk to a lot more people than I have in the past. It was overwhelming the first year. We didn't even go to our very first Buddy Walk when Lexi was 6 months old, not only because she'd had heart surgery a month before, but because I wasn't yet ready to celebrate Down syndrome.
|Our team (in red) within the sea of Buddies|
And as I walked along with my family and friends, and thought of people who had never even met Alexis, but still wanted come walk with us or donate to our walk, I see another support system for Alexis, maybe even more strong, because we love her to the moon.
|Thats right. We had 3 celebrities in our midst.|