|Jack Barlow. Provided.|
Ed and Lori Gossman’s restaurant (15 N. Fort Thomas Avenue) will donate 10% of the restaurant’s proceeds earned between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to Jack’s team.
Jack is a five-year-old Kindergartner that happens to have Down syndrome and lives in Fort Thomas with his parents, Ashley and Brandon, and his big brother Griffin. Every year, the Barlows invite their friends and family to walk with them for the Buddy Walk. Last year the team had over 80 walkers and several more that donated.
“We have been very blessed to have had several experiences that have allowed our community to show its love and support of our family. Having Jack is certainly one of those experiences, and the Buddy Walk is simply awesome,” said Ashley Barlow. “Jack loves Buddy Walk day, as do we, and we are thankful to our community for always making it a highlight in our year. Jack begs us to wear his Buddy Walk t-shirts and when he notices the logo elsewhere, he always starts listing the people that have come to his Buddy Walks. He's so proud of his friends, and that makes us so proud of them, too!”
The Buddy Walk benefits the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, an organization that the Barlows value immensely.
Jack has participated in many programs sponsored by the organization, like sign language and music classes. According to Barlow, the family has made valuable connections and friendships with other families via the DSAGC.
Ashley and Brandon attend and speak at resource sessions for parents on topics that cover financial planning, health concerns, behavioral concerns, and educational ideas. Ashley also serves in the Government Affairs Committee for the organization.
Cincinnati’s Buddy Walk is free and takes place at Sawyer Point on September 12, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. and is one of the largest Buddy Walks in the country. The walk is a slow and entertaining stroll along the river through the parks, and it ends at Sawyer Point for an after party that includes free food, live music, bouncy houses for the children, and many other family friendly activities.
If you’d like to attend the Buddy Walk, go to dsagc.com, find Captain Jack’s Crew, and click on Join Us. You can donate directly to the team, as well.
Meanwhile, head to 15 North on Monday to support a worthy cause.