DeWitt Girl Kicks Off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in Times Square
FOX 47 News
NEW YORK, NY – Lily Huckleberry of DeWitt, Michigan will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 21, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society's (NDSS) annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens and adults with Down syndrome working, playing and learning alongside friends and family. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, which is the NDSS mission.
The photo of Lily, who has Down syndrome, was selected from over 1,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. Over 200 photographs will appear in the video, which will be shown on the News Corporation Sony Screen, located in the heart of Times Square.
Lily is pictured getting ready to hit the ball on the first pitch for her team the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays are a part of the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan. When Lily first started with the Blue Jays, she was using a tee to hit the ball. Shortly after the first game, Lily told them she “didn’t need a tee”. The coach would pitch to her until she hit the ball, which usually took 8-10 pitches. However, Lily doesn’t give up very easily and her perseverance paid off. Now she usually can hit the ball on the first pitch, proving she is more alike than different.
The Times Square Video presentation kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The video presentation will be followed by the 19th Annual Flagship Buddy Walk® in New York City. This year, Buddy Walk® events will be held in more than 250 cities across the country, as well as select international locations, in and around October. For information about the NDSS National Buddy Walk® Program, visit www.buddywalk.org or call 800-221-4602.