I, on the other hand, was utterly excited all day to see so many families and their friends participating in this event. My only disappointment was that, because I volunteered to help with the silent auction, I didn't get to spend much time with, or take pictures of many of the folks that I have come to know from being a part of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR) and the playgroup. But, I did get a picture of all of the Buddy Captains with their families!I was also quite tickled to see many of the folks that I used to work with there in support of Neil Lent.
With so much negativity that fills the average person's mind about Down syndrome, it was uplifting to see a gathering of folks who recognize the beauty, ability and delight that an extra chromosome can be. I know my eyes have been opened to a world that I just would have been indifferent about and I'm thankful to my little dude for that.
I would like to thank each and every person that donated through Landon's firstgiving site. All of you helped to raise $530 for the DSAGR which contributed to the over $50,000 net for the entire event!!! A big, huge thank you to Rex, Joyce, Lora, Donna, Megan, Tammy, Kristie, Shannon, Pam, Mary, Nakisha, Cari, Mr. & Mrs. Sharpe, Krazy Kousin Kristie, Uncle Bob, Aunt Gail and Uncle Randy. Also, I want to say a big, huge thank you to Andrea, Aidan, Dave (Dad), Bob (Dad), Ms. Heather and Ms. Shannon for walking with us! I can't wait until next year!!