Team Lizzie Dale

$6,242.00/$7,000.00

A year in my shoes…

I'm Lizzie Dale, 21-months old, and I have an exciting year to share with you.

I became a big sister.

I had surgery to correct crossed eyes, and now I see more clearly.

I passed my hearing exam for the first time.

I learned to say mama, dada, up, milk, doll...

I learned to sign milk, more, all done, eat, ball… Well, let’s just say I can tell mom, dad and anyone else pretty much anything.

I know what to do when mom says “Put your hands on your head!” Usually she tells me that when I’m tackling my little brother Charlie. It’s her way of saying, “hands off.”

I can point to my nose, my ears and my mouth.

I sip milk through a straw, strengthening muscles that will help me speak better.

I rock my baby dolls to sleep, after feeding them and changing their diapers.

I am a globe-trotter – traveling to Hawaii, California and Colorado for the first time.

The other day, I climbed up the stairs so fast to chase after mom that my big sister, Maddi, said:

“Down syndrome doesn’t stop Lizzie from anything.” And she’s right.

By the time Buddy Walk comes around, I’ll be 8 weeks shy of my second birthday. Mom hopes I can show off some walking skills with my new orthotics.

Sure, I’m a fast-learner and cruiser, but I am also teaching my parents and family about patience and kindness.

When Maddi or Charlie get hurt, I scoot over to them with my arms wide open, then wrap them in a bear hug. I pat their backs, like mommy does, to soothe them.

This is where I need your help. My mom is determined to not only help me, but others with special needs. The Buddy Walk is our way to raise funds and awareness so that other families are supported with love and information.

What is Buddy Walk?

The Buddy Walk was first launched in 1995 on the East Coast by the National Down Syndrome Society to promote awareness and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome. Since then it has grown, from just 17 Buddy Walks nationwide to more than 250 events each year. The Down Syndrome Network Oregon hosted its first local Buddy Walk in 2002, and last year celebrated its 10-year anniversary with 1,500 walkers at Millenium Plaza in Lake Oswego.

That was our family’s first Buddy Walk.

I was amazed.

I had no idea how many people walked by our side and contributed money to Team Lizzie Dale. Those dollars went directly into programming and education done by Down Syndrome Network-Oregon. At DSNO, we provide new and expectant parents with the Basket of Hope, Moms’ Coffees and Dad’s Night Out. We give members scholarships to attend the national Down syndrome conference and camps all around Oregon.

Last year, you helped me raise more than $7,000! More than 50 of you walked with me. Your support was so incredible that my mom ran out of Buddy Walk pins for our team. Let's do it again! I hope you can support me this year… Mom promises to order enough Buddy Badges!

The 2013 Buddy Walk for DSNO starts at 10:30am on September 29th at Millenium Park Plaza in Lake Oswego.

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Make a donation to support your team!

Contributors to this Buddy Team

Lynne Patzel

$75.00

Congrats Lizzie!! Sorry I wasn\'t able to join you this year, but continue to celebrate You!!

October 6th, 2013

Tracy Family

$25.00

Go team Lizzie

October 6th, 2013

Jennifer Casebeer

$100.00

So proud of you Shakyra and Diego! Love you guys!

October 3rd, 2013

Bridgette Barron

$50.00

September 29th, 2013

Teacher Jamie and Jonathan

$50.00

Love you little lady! So amazing watching you grow!

September 28th, 2013

The Halmerts

$50.00

Rock it, Team Lizzie Dale!

September 26th, 2013

Layton Family

$50.00

Go Team Lizzie!

September 23rd, 2013

Brown and Mauree & Lilli

$200.00

Love you SO Much , Have fun walking with Aunt Lilli>

September 23rd, 2013

Lara

$25.00

September 23rd, 2013

Dershewitz family

$25.00

With love

September 20th, 2013

The Oswald Family

$50.00

We are proud of you Lizzie and your whole family!

September 20th, 2013

Goldfried Family

$25.00

September 20th, 2013

Sue E Wendling

$50.00

September 19th, 2013

Diego Conde

$500.00

September 19th, 2013

Danny Eisenberg

$100.00

Lizzie ,you inspire us.

September 17th, 2013

Kathie Schuamcher

$25.00

You Go Girl!

September 17th, 2013

Laurie and Harry Kelman

$25.00

September 16th, 2013

Mark & Resa Snyder

$25.00

friends of Bubbe & Papa

September 16th, 2013

Elliot & Sharon Karp

$25.00

Lizzie you rock!

September 15th, 2013

Shirley and Tony

$50.00

We\'re happy to join in supporting the Buddy Walk! Love to the whole family!

September 15th, 2013

Carole Greenberg

$25.00

Good Lyck

September 15th, 2013

Susan Greenbaum

$25.00

September 15th, 2013

The Vuylsteke Family

$50.00

Go Lizzie! We love you!

September 15th, 2013

Stephanie & Earl Hooper

$100.00

Go Lizzie!!

September 15th, 2013

Beth and mark Ursin

$100.00

Go team Lizzie!

September 14th, 2013

Dorothy

$200.00

Weinberger

September 14th, 2013

Deb, Rob and Ivy Snyder

$25.00

Go Lizzie!

September 14th, 2013

The Marton\'s

$25.00

Looking forward to the walk :)

September 13th, 2013

Marcie Moncrief

$25.00

Go Lizzie Go!!

September 13th, 2013

Richard

$25.00

Rodney

September 10th, 2013

Susan Hale

$50.00

September 9th, 2013

Melissa mills-Koffel

$25.00

Go Lizzy

September 9th, 2013

Russ and Andy Yost

$30.00

We\'re very proud of Lizzie and her wonderful family!

September 9th, 2013

Angelique Whitlow

$100.00

Beautiful young lady whose opportunities are endless! Go Lizzie!

September 9th, 2013

Terry Dale/lLynn Bohlmann

$150.00

Liz, you are some kind of granddaughter!

September 8th, 2013

Kristen Every & Dale Family

$100.00

We are very proud of you Lizzy!! Keep up the hard work!!

September 5th, 2013

Kelly & Brock Storfa

$50.00

What a great year for Lizzie!

September 5th, 2013

Hiroshi

$50.00

Yoshimori

September 3rd, 2013

JAMBYN

$50.00

Good Luck on the walk Lizzie!! You and your family are beautiful - in mind, heart and body :)

August 28th, 2013

Thomas Family

$100.00

We love you guys:)

August 28th, 2013

Josh Billeter & Jennifer Yocom

$50.00

August 26th, 2013

Allie Troy

$25.00

Have fun Lizzie!

August 26th, 2013

Bob & Antoinette

$100.00

Thank you for giving such inspiration, hope and encouragement to Shakyra and Diego!

August 26th, 2013

Gerard DeBlois

$50.00

Best Wishes

August 26th, 2013

Nancy Pham

$25.00

Go Lizzie!

August 26th, 2013

Bobbi

$50.00

Go Team Lizzie! (I am a friend of Shakyra and Diego, btw) :)

August 24th, 2013

Carli Weckerly

$50.00

Go Team Lizzie!!! xoxo

August 24th, 2013

Jessica Yoder

$50.00

Lizzie with supportive parents like yours you\'ll be swimming the English Channel in no time!

August 23rd, 2013

Pedro Nunez

$25.00

Go Lizzie!

August 23rd, 2013

Haydee Rosario

$25.00

Hi Lizzie-I am Soley Victoria\'s aunt- Thank you for your inspiration and support to my Niece Shakyra and Diego-

August 22nd, 2013

George & Joyce Murchison

$100.00

Go Lizzie girl

August 22nd, 2013

Koy Saechao

$25.00

Keep up all of the good work Jen & Elliot!

August 22nd, 2013

Vicki&Mark Miller

$50.00

Wish I could be there like last year! Go Team Lizzie:)

August 21st, 2013

Javier and Karin Fischer

$54.00

Go Lizzie girl! You are in our hearts :)

August 21st, 2013

Nicolas & Lucas Lopez

$100.00

Hi Lizzie! A friend of mama talked to us about you and we are so proud of you. We can\'t walk with you because we live in the east coast but we want to help your team.

August 21st, 2013

Carrie, Chris and Char

$50.00

Go Lizzie!! We love you!

August 20th, 2013

Hope, Rick, Adam and Maya Lorimer

$50.00

Happy Walking

August 19th, 2013

Nancy Taylor

$50.00

I miss my little neighbor! I\'ll come visit soon.

August 19th, 2013

Nancy Horton

$50.00

way to go lizzie!

August 18th, 2013

J Laks & A. Parrish

$25.00

Happy 2nd birthday!

August 18th, 2013

Kelsey Soriano

$75.00

We love you so so much and will be there to walk with you Lizzy!!!

August 17th, 2013

Robin, Steve, and Molly McCoy

$100.00

Go Lizzie! We can\'t wait to walk with you.

August 17th, 2013

Bubbe and Pappa Irv

$500.00

We love you more than you can imagine!

August 16th, 2013

Sammi

$50.00

Yay Lizzie

August 16th, 2013

Randee Weinberger

$25.00

Yay Lizzie!

August 16th, 2013

Mark & Patti Novak

$75.00

You\'ll be running soon Lizzie!

August 16th, 2013

Lisbeth Claus

$36.00

Thanks for letting me learn about your horizontal community

August 16th, 2013

Lori Lee

$25.00

What a blessing! :)

August 15th, 2013

Shaun, Jessica and Jefferson Clark

$25.00

Go Lizzie! See you at the buddy walk!

August 15th, 2013

Mink Family

$100.00

Go get\'em!!

August 15th, 2013

Joe and Joe Saurini

$72.00

We love you Lizzie! See you soon!

August 15th, 2013

Shakyra Rosario/Diego Conde

$200.00

With your beautiful smile you gave me hope and let me know that everything will be just fine! Keep it up gorgeous!

August 15th, 2013

John Ouellette

$100.00

Your a special girl

August 15th, 2013

Dick and Ruth Silage

$25.00

Go Lizzy!! Take mom and dad with you. Love you, cutie.

August 14th, 2013

Debbie Elliff

$50.00

Go girl!

August 13th, 2013

Lois and Martin Moll

$100.00

Go!

August 13th, 2013

Auntie Jamey, Uncle Adam & Cousins Abby & Gavin

$100.00

We love you sunshine girl! xoxo

August 13th, 2013

Edward Twining

$500.00

Go Lizzie!!

August 13th, 2013

Lizzie\'s mom, dad and siblings

$250.00

Thank you for being our blessing. We love you Lizzie.

August 13th, 2013