Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Greensboro Buddy Walk 2010

Dear Friends and Family,

We hope that all of you are doing well and enjoying this beautiful fall weather. As our little Jack grows bigger and stronger everyday, we like to give thanks to those of you who have shown us such great care and support during these last few months. At this time, we also would like to invite you and your family to further support our Jack and many other special children at the Down Syndrome of Greater Greensboro's (DSNGG) Seventh Annual Buddy Walk this fall.

The Buddy Walk of Greensboro will be held on Saturday, October 23rd at Triad Park in Colfax, NC from 11 am until 3 pm. Activities will include games, crafts, music, volleyball, a short spirited one-mile walk, food, fun, and more! The Buddy Walk is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about Down Syndrome, and last year over 275 walks around the country were held during the month of October.

The DSNGG is a group of parents (like us) dedicated to supporting one another, raising awareness, and providing opportunities for individuals with Down Syndrome throughout central North Carolina. The Greensboro Buddy Walk is the main fundraiser for DSNGG, and the money raised at this event provides funds for our group to provide gift bags for families of newly diagnosed babies (like Jack), quarterly activities for families, and scholarship opportunities. We are also affiliated with the Family Support Network of Central Carolina, a wonderful organization that serves families of children with special needs in Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham counties.

Our family would love for you to join us this year at the Buddy Walk in honor of our little Jack, born May 28th. You can register for the Buddy Walk through the website http://www.buddywalkgreensboro.org/ or you can register on the day of the walk at Triad Park. Registration is $15 per person (includes a DSNGG Buddy Walk T-shirt) but there is a discount for families of more than three. For more information, you may contact us or the event coordinator, Lauri Lyn Hodges, at (336) 870-5238 or send an email to nickelhodges@yahoo.com.

Although DSNGG T-shirts are included in your Buddy Walk registration, we are also making our own "Jack's Pack" T-shirts for the day of the walk in order to show Jack our utmost support. So, if you are interested in standing out in the crowd with us and want an additional "Jack's Pack" T-shirt, please send us a check ($10 per shirt) and let us know what sizes you need. We need to order them soon, so please send your order and money to us by October 5th. Email me at korey.hickling@gmail.com if you need our mailing address to send your check.

We realize that everyone might not be able to attend the Buddy Walk this year, but we would greatly appreciate any donations you could offer to the DSNGG. Our new "High Five" campaign permits a fast and easy way to donate in increments of $5 by giving Jack "high fives." To send Jack a "High Five," simply visit http://www.buddywalkgreensboro.org/ and click on "Donate" at the bottom of the screen. You must click on "Donate in support of" listed on the left hand side underneath the Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro area and insert "Jack Hickling - HIGH FIVE" before your final click. If you want to donate more that $5, you may insert the amount you wish to donate, and then type in the amount of "high fives" your donation corresponds to. (For example, if you wish to donate $20 (this would be 4 "high fives"), you would type in "Jack Hickling - 4 HIGH FIVES." The child who gets the most "high fives" will be featured in our Buddy Walk brochure for 2011, so let's make sure it's Jack!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, and for considering support for our group, particularly for our little Jack. We would not be where we are in our lives without our many friends and family. We love you all very much and appreciate any support you can offer. Please email with any questions!

We hope to see you on October 23rd!


Korey, Robert, and Jack Hickling

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