Last year, it seemed to creep up on us so fast! Welcoming Joaquin into our family in late April, learning of his Down Syndrome condition at birth and coming to terms with what that all meant took its toll on us and by the time the Step Up for Down Syndrome walk date happened in October, we were barely able to put together a team to participate and rally behind Joaquin! Thanks to our friends, the Roses, we were able to have our newly formed “Walkin’ with Joaquin” team “piggy-back” on their stronger and more experienced “Ellie’s Elite”. It was a fun time and we thought to ourselves, “Next year we’ll have a stronger showing… ”
Well, “next year” is here, and all our hopes and dreams and lofty goals of being better prepared for the KC Step Up for Down Syndrome on October 19th seem, quite frankly, a little daunting. Will we piggy-back again with the Roses? Hmm! Distinct possibility there… We’ll see. But although the logistics of the actual event might still need a bit of work, we hope to raise more money and have a larger presence this year than last.
In Kansas City: To contribute directly to the Down Syndrome Guild and support Joaquin, join our team Walkin’ With Joaquin that will be participating in the Step Up for Down Syndrome walk at Arrowhead Stadium here in Kansas City on Sunday October 19th. Note that if you sign up prior to September 19, you will receive your very own Walkin’ With Joaquin team T-shirt to sport that day for your generous donation!
In the Bay Area: For our Bay Area family and friends, on Sunday October 19th, we will be running our San Francisco Hiking Yoga class as a Down Syndrome Fundraiser and all proceeds will go towards the Down Syndrome Guild. You will be “Walkin’ With Joaquin” remotely as we will be starting the walk here in KC at the same time as you will in San Francisco. Simply go to the Online tab in the Mindbody Scheduler and select “Down Syndrome Fundraiser” from the Series drop-down menu. You may designate how much you want to contribute to this cause (starting as low as $20 and going up to $100). After making your donation, don’t forget to sign up for the actual Hiking Yoga class on Sunday, October 19th!
If you can’t join either event, please donate to the cause. They are a truly amazing organization.
I hope we have a great showing of support and look forward to sharing pictures and stories with you all! Thanks for your time!
Eric, Carina, Quincy and Joaquin
E + C = Q + J