Fire Inc. Atlanta recently spent their weekend donating time and money to the 2012 Buddy Walk. The Buddy Walk is a program organized by the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, which has planned buddy walks throughout the United States in an effort to both raise money for the Association as well as promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with Down Syndrome in the communities where they live.
Buddy Walks were orginially established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The 2012 Atlanta Buddy Walk was a quarter-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. Not only is it an inspirational and educational event that celebrates all of the accomplishments of people with Down Syndrome in the Atlanta Community, but it also raised money for the programs that help families with the syndrome lead happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.
Fire Inc. Atlanta became involved in the Buddy Walk through Kris Corn, whose son Wyatt was born with Down Syndrome. When Wyatt was born Kris admits that all the family knew was the stereotypical and general information that everyone seems to know about the syndrome, but that despite his diagnosis Wyatt is thriving.
“Nothing EVER keeps this little guy from reaching his fullest potent,” Kris wrote. “Despite the fact that he had to undergo open-heart surgery and has physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapies each week to keep him close in development with all his peers…Wyatt is thriving!!!”
It is because of events like the Buddy Walk that Wyatt has access to the services and support he needs, and because of this Kris formed a team for the walk called “Wyatt’s Warriors” that participates every year in the walk.
Fire Inc. Atlanta was happy to be a sponsor of the walk and gladly participated in the Wyatt’s Warriors team. The team turned out in force for the event, including owner Malcolm Elavia.
While the autumn day was a little blustery, the 2500 people in attendance enjoyed themselves immensely. The walk raised $177,560, and hopes to make that number an even $200,000 by December 31, 2012.