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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2015 Buddy Walk; I Love Lucy

Team I Love Lucy at the 2014 Buddy Walk

Approximately 10,000 people will gather at Sawyer Point on Saturday, September 12 for the 14th annual Buddy Walk. Thirty-five of those people will be there as part of Team "I Love Lucy." Lucy Kessinger, a 16-month-old Fort Thomas resident, is the Lucy in "I Love Lucy."

"Our daughter Lucy was born April 2014," said Abigail Kessinger. "When she was diagnosed with Trisomy 21, Down Syndrome, we had little knowledge about it. Fortunately for us, the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati is an amazing organization. They reach out to families and individuals and support them every step of the way. Right away, we knew we wanted to be an active part of their community as both beneficiaries and benefactors. We wanted to give back to the organization that was doing so much for us. We first participated in the Buddy Walk Sept 2014."

Lucy on her first birthday

The Buddy Walk happens nationally with the proceeds from the Cincinnati Buddy Walk benefiting the Down Syndrome Association of Cincinnati. The walk, a one mile stroll, is the association's largest fundraiser of the year. It's followed by an after-party that includes music, activities for all age groups, food and beverages. The funds raised provide services to individuals and their families through all the phases of life, from prenatal diagnosis to adult life skills and job placement.

"The Buddy Walk provides awareness about what Down Syndrome is and shows that we are all more alike than different," Lucy's mom said. "There are activities and a fun atmosphere for all ages on the day of the walk. We are blessed to have such a great organization in our community to support families and individuals with Trisomy 21."

Team "I Love Lucy" has 35 members, including aunts, uncles cousins and friends ranging from a few months old to 65-years-old, registered for Saturday's event.

"The Buddy Walk is a fantastic event for the whole family," said Jill McGlone, Lucy's aunt who lives in Bellevue. "My daughters, 6 and 4, love that they can do a walk with us as well as the other kid-friendly activities. The organization is a worthy one and if you want to walk with a team, feel free to join "I Love Lucy!" We are all one big family at the Buddy Walk."

Visit Team I Love Lucy's website to join the team or donate. More information about the Buddy Walk, on September 12 at 10 a.m., and the Down Syndrome Association of Cincinnati can be found at

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