Friday, August 6, 2010

Emerson's Entourage 2010

It’s that time again, when our family begins preparing for the annual walk around Lake Eola to support people with Down syndrome. This year the walk has changed names yet the funds raised will continue to go The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. The Step Up for Down Syndrome walk will be held on Saturday, October 16th at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando.

Parents who learn for the first time that their baby will be or has been born with Down syndrome have questions; they hunger for information and need support. DSACF offers a critical map that guides parents and families to navigate their way through this new and unfamiliar territory. Parents soon learn that their sons and daughters are exuberant, resilient, and blessed with the same ambitions to explore, grow, and thrive as any child!

With the help of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida, individuals with Down syndrome and their families continue to learn to navigate their way through the sometimes treacherous terrain and find assurance that life for the entire family can be a truly fulfilling journey!

The DSACF annually serves 787 families as well as many area physicians, other healthcare providers and educators. DSACF offers support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families in a 7 county area by providing financial, educational, and informational resources that assist them in reaching their full potential.

Parents of children born with Down syndrome quickly find that their journey is one of those off-road adventures. Yes, there will be bumps in the road, unforeseen turns, and many challenges but there will also be heartwarming explorations, miraculous moments, and countless rewards.

Our family would be honored if you would Step Up for Down Syndrome!

*To make an online donation or register to walk, please visit our secure site:

*This year we have partnered with an amazing man and photographer. Nelson’s Photography has graciously offered a free mini photo session for anyone who pledges $75 or more to Emerson’s Entourage. You simply make the donation on Emerson’s Entourage’s Firstgiving site and Nelson will be in contact with you to schedule your photo shoot. All photo shoots will be held at Cypress Grove Park (off of Holden Ave/Orange Ave ) on September 5th. He will be scheduling 30 minute sessions per family. Please visit his blog to view some of his work:

Emerson is one lucky little lady to have so many people care and love her. Travis and I truly appreciate all of your guidance and support.

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