Jax is a 2019 Buddy Walk Ambassador!
Although Jax is only 5 years old, DSNetwork’s Buddy Walk has become an annual event that is very important to his family. They walk each year for several reasons. They walk to celebrate not only Jax, but the amazing community of family and friends who have rallied over the years by supporting and encouraging them during challenging seasons and, more importantly, by celebrating victories together. Jax and his family walk to share their pride with being a part of such an amazing community and to raise awareness and funds in support of DSNetwork.
When Jax’s parents found out prenatal he had an extra chromosome DSNetwork was one of the first organizations they reached out to. They provided information, support, mentors, events and a sense of belonging during a time when they were scared and felt alone. DSNetwork helped them prepare for Jax’s arrival and continue to help with the journey after he was born.
Their favorite part of the Buddy Walk is seeing old friends and meeting new people, especially families who have a loved one with Down syndrome a little older than Jax. Seeing their joy, pride and strength is heartwarming and helps them remember they are a part of an incredible journey.