Monday, August 5, 2013

Join us at Yoga Bliss on August 9th!!!

Joey earned his Victory Gallop medal today after finishing his first session of horse therapy. His face says it all!
Our local Down syndrome organization, The Up Side of Downs, hosts a Buddy Walk every year. For the past three years I have worked on this committee and have helped try to raise money, raise awareness and help the chairs put on an incredible walk that over 4,000 people attend. 

For our family, the local Buddy Walk is an incredible day of joy, camaraderie, seeing friends we don't get to see often enough, meeting new friends and making memories.

A small portion of the proceeds from the Buddy Walk (7% to be exact) go to the National Down Syndrome Society, which is one of the larger national advocacy organizations for Down syndrome.  

The other 93% of the money raised is used locally to serve over 800 families caring for a loved one with Down syndrome.  Some of their amazing programs include: Parent to Parent NetworkBuddy WalkFamily Grant ProgramUndergraduate Scholarship Program for General Education (K-12)Directory of Local, National & International ResourcesParent Support Groups, Disability Awareness Program, Education Conferences and last but not least-- Social Events.

Yoga Bliss Benefit on Friday, August 9th from 7-9pm

This is our third year of walking in the Buddy Walk since Joey was born on August 27, 2010. Our goal for this year was for him to walk by himself in the walk, but we are not quite there. He is working really hard on this and we have no doubt that by the 2014 walk he will walk across home plate at Progressive Field. This year we will help him across-- but he's getting there!!! Every day he gets a little bit stronger!
Joey playing peekaboo with his door.

This year, some of Joey's friends are lending helping hands in all different ways to help us raise funds to continue the very important work of The Up Side of Downs. My parent's have donated the purchase of all the hand fans for this hot day, another friend has donated radio air time, another friend has donated ad space, another friend has donated gluten-free cake balls, another pair of friends have donated an 18 Liter bottle of French wine that we are selling raffle tickets for (email me here if you would like to purchase a raffle ticket for that one!) and Tracy has donated an awesome Yoga Class Event to help our Buddy Walk team raise money!

The first event is this Friday, August 9th from 7-9pm.  Our talented and beautiful friend who I teach spinning with, is also a yoga instructor and she has put together an incredible evening of Vinyasa Yoga for all levels. Tracy is one of those amazing moms, teachers and humans who I met when I first moved to Ohio and who I have admired and aspired to be more like since the day I met her.  Here is all the info on this awesome event she has created:

Join Tracy in supporting Joey's All Stars and the Up Side of Downs Buddy Walk.
Located behind Macy’s at 3045 Smith Road Akron, OH

Your $35 donation includes a ninety minute (friendly vinyasa) practice, 
opportunity to win one of many GREAT PRIZES, refreshments, child care and
all kinds of yoga-feel-good!
Prosecco, desserts and chocolate will be served afterwards!
All proceeds go directly to Up Side of Downs.
Please sign up in advance…
indicate your need for child care. 
To sign up-just call Yoga Bliss: 330-576-6687
Let’s pack the house for Joey!!


  • Polished Nail Bar Pedicure and Gift Basket of Nail Polishes (Value: $100)

  • Sara Fraraccio Designer Blowout and Conditioning Treatment for Two (Value: $104) and Gift Basket of Kerastase Products (Value: $137). Total Package Value: $241

  • Dave Towell Cadillac Saab Car Detailing (Value: $200)

  • Pink Petals Floral Shop $50 Gift Certificate and Gift Basket (Value: $100)

  • Ritzman Pharmacy Beauty Basket (Value: $65)
If you have any questions about the event, please send me an email.

We hope to see you on August 9th for a beautiful evening filled with exercise, positive energy and fun!

If you can't make it to the Yoga Event- we hope you can walk with us on Saturday, August 17th at the Buddy Walk. Registration begins at 9am. Or, join us as a virtual walker by clicking here.

To order raffle tickets for the 18 Liter bottle of French Bordeaux-- click here.

Namaste and Happy Monday!!!

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