Walkin' for GiGi's Playhouse is Oct. 6

Originally Posted Online: Oct. 05, 2012, 2:57 pm
Last Updated: Oct. 05, 2012, 2:59 pm
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Press release submitted by Michelle Hornbuckle

3 Year Old With Down Syndrome Leads the Way to Inspire Thousands in the QCA!

When Terry & Jodi Feller of Preston, IA had their son Jack in 2009, they were told that he had Down syndrome. What Terry & Jodi wanted most for Jack was for him to be loved and accepted as the wonderful little boy he is and not to have his diagnosis define him. Now an active 3 year old, Jack and his parents have become part of the family at GiGi's Playhouse where Jack has participated in the 2 & Under group, Hop, Skip, and Jumpers, and the literacy program. After receiving services at the Playhouse, the Fellers have gotten involved and formed a team for the the Quad Cities' 8 th annual Down syndrome awareness walk, "Walkin' for GiGi's Playhouse".

Team "Jack's Walkin' With You" is leading the competition with over $3,000 raised and hundreds of participants on his team! This team will be making a grand entrance as they will arrive in a bus from Preston, IA! The top 2 teams receive prizes but the Fellers know that the biggest prize is the awareness about Down syndrome that we are spreading and the support that is being raised for GiGi's Playhouse to be able to continue offering free programs to the thousands of families around the world who are just like theirs.

The mission of GiGi's Playhouse is to increase positive and accurate awareness about Down syndrome in our communities. What better way to do that than to bring over 1,000 people together to walk for Down syndrome. We have teams from all over the Quad Cities and surrounding communities including Clinton, IA and Macomb, IL! All proceeds will go towards offering free programming at our Quad Cities Playhouse. The Quad Cities Playhouse celebrated its first anniversary on October 1, 2012. In one year, GiGi's Playhouse Quad Cities has served over 100 individuals with Down syndrome of all ages.

In addition to the 1-Mile Inspirational Walk, there will be food, drinks, entertainment, bounce houses, raffle, silent auction, performances by The Pleasant Valley Sparkles and Shining Stars, and singing of the National Anthem by Moline native Kate Holsen who also just happens to have Down syndrome.

When/Where: Saturday, October 6, 2012

Veteran's Memorial Park

1645 23rd Street, Bettendorf, IA


Open registration


1 Mile Walk


Organization info: GiGi's Playhouse, Down syndrome awareness centers, provide resources, specialized teaching and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. With 12 locations nationwide and more in the process of opening, GiGi's is committed to the important mission of spreading positive and accurate information about Down syndrome through education. Learn more at www.gigisplayhouse.org.



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