RAISING MONEY & AWARENESS
Every Day 'Til 50K
My 2014 campaign pledge to raise money for The National Down Syndrome Society came with a little twist.
To reach my goal of $50,000, I vowed to wear my Mamie's Mile every day until the money was raised.
I wore the shirt to parties, out to dinner and yes, every time I traveled. I traveled so often, it became a tradition to have the pilot mark another day on my shirt. I also grabbed photos of police officers, cake bakers, reporters and anyone else I could find to mark my shirt and help shed light on the cause.
The money did not come easily and the shirt didn't come off for 88 days! It was well worth the effort and lots of fun.
NDSS Luncheon in NYC
In 2014 I was proud to serve as the emcee for The National Down Syndrome Society Luncheon.
NDSS honored U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Author of
Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World.
Reporters Compete For A Cause
They cover major new events across the globe and on May 17th, 2014, national and local Washington, DC reporters competed in the annual "Battle of The Network Stars" event.
The competition was fierce, the rivalries were intense and the trophies (you gotta see the trophies) were highly coveted.
The reporters who participate in Mamie's Mile don't do this event for publicity, fanfare or recognition. They do it because, in some small way, they are a part of our family. As a "semi-retired" reporter, who worked with many of them, I think it's important for others to know how these "stars" serve the public. Their jobs make them public servants but in their not so spare time, they make every minute count.
When my former colleagues sign on for this event, they're not only helping our family heal but they're making the path for other Down syndrome families a heck of a lot easier. We are grateful for their continued dedication, support and ability to laugh at themselves while we force them to do ridiculous things in the name of charity.
Texas Fifth Grader Hosts Her Own Mamie's Mile
When children take on a cause it's always a wonderful thing. We think one such youngster deserves special recognition for her fundraising efforts on the behalf of Mamie's Mile.
Kennedy, a 5th grader at All Saints Episcopal School in Ft. Worth, TX was searching for a charity to be the center of her birthday celebration.
According to her mother, Kennedy researched several charities before deciding to help Mamie's Mile. Kennedy's mom said her daughter was moved by Our Story and wanted to help.
Kennedy's birthday party included a fundraising walk with her classmates. Students helped to raise almost $300!
We salute Kennedy and her classmates for making a difference in our lives and the lives of children born with Down syndrome. Thank you!
Former Washington Lawmaker Wears His Support
Join former Congressman Steve Southerland and his nephew Michael, in the campaign to raise awareness.
We want to see you, your family, friends, even your dog, in your favorite Mamie's Mile t-shirt.
Interesting Side Note:
Congressman Southerland's nephew, Michael, is the son of a dear college friend of mine. Kennedy, is the daughter of another close college friend. I am blessed not only have such amazing people in my life but also overjoyed to see that they are raising a generation of children who will have a greater appreciation for people born with Down syndrome.
This is exactly how Mamie's Mile will help to change the way society views, treats and ultimately accepts the Down syndrome community.