We Need Your Help

May 28th, 2009

On behalf of my family and all other families in the Mt. Holly area, we are asking for your help.  I am organizing Mt. Holly’s fifth annual Buddy Walk to promote awareness and support local programs for Down syndrome.  Someone is going to ask you to donate to a cause this year.  I believe it might as well be me!  My son has Down syndrome and I can’t think of BETTER CAUSE!!!

My son Christopher was born in 2003 with Down syndrome.  In case you’re not familiar with Down syndrome let me tell you a little about it.  It is a chromosomal disorder that affects one in every 800 live births.  It is one of the leading clinical causes of intellectual disability in the world.  Quality educational programs, along with a stimulation home environment and good medical care, enable individuals with Down syndrome to become continuing members of their families and communities.

At this time, the cause is not known.  In addition, THERE IS NO CURE.

We hope to make Mt. Holly’s Buddy Walk on October 11, 2009 starting 1:00 at Iron Works Park one of the most important events of the year.  People from all over the area participate in a one-mile walk in Mt. Holly, NJ to promote awareness for all people with Down syndrome.  In addition, we raise funds to help support The National Down Syndrome Society, local programs, and national research, education and advocacy efforts.

Please consider sponsoring the Buddy Walk by making a donation in any amount.  Your donation will help individuals and families affected by Down syndrome. To pledge sponsorship or send donations will help fund efforts to provide vital medical and developmental research, education and inclusion programs that will benefit all people with Down syndrome.  If there are any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me at (609) 668-1780.

Thank you for your support and taking the steps to make a brighter tomorrow!

Christine Pietrow
Our Little Hero President/Founder/Buddy Walk Organizer
Non-Profit Organization 20-2952924
NJ Nonprofit Corporation 0400094037

5th Annual Buddy Walk

May 17th, 2009

Please Help Support Our 5th Annual “Our Little Hero Walk” and the National Down Syndrome Society

October 11, 2009

1:00 pm
Iron Works Park
Mt. Holly, New Jersey

Make a difference and have a great time!

A day of gathering together to raise funds, share information and celebrate our solidarity.  A fun full day for the children to enjoy.

Great Food, Games, Rides, Clowns, Live Music

Registration begins at 11:30
$25.00 per person
$40.00 per family of four
($5 each additional children under 13)

Sponsors Needed:

Please call or email us for more information
PO BOX 441, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
(609) 668-1780 • [email protected]

About “Our Little Hero”

May 17th, 2009

My name is Christine Pietrow and I have a strong affiliation with Mt. Holly, a tiny town nestled in South Jersey. Being a resident for ten years, I am a part of the long history of neighborly hospitality and down home charm. My husband being a police officer, also provides his service for this wonderful community.

My husband Rich and I were given shocking news days after our third child was born; he had Down syndrome. Unaware of how this genetic disorder would affect us, we gathered family and friends together to ask for their support for anything that would come up. Within the first year of our child’s life, he was so often ill, that we would spend many nights rushing to the emergency room or spending days in the hospital. The Mt. Holly Police family stuck behind Rich and helped by switching shifts so he could go with his fragile son on days when it was crucial. The rest of the family was brought together to raise funds for all the hospital bills. We worked hard through therapy and doctors so that our son, Christopher Owen Pietrow (nickname COP for his initials) would develop healthy and happy as well as he could. We even gathered many friends and family to participate in the New York City Buddy Walk for the National Down Syndrome Society to raise funds for a cause that meant so much to us.

Five and a half years later, Christopher is doing well and developing well. He even has the ability to use sign language and is walking and playing as he should. He is the light of anyone who knows him, and I was given the honor of being his mother. Now my goal is to help him grow up to honor everything he is . . . God’s gift.

I have begun the Our Little Hero, COP Buddy Walk in honor of my son. We have gathered together to embrace a cause that is close to our hearts and offer a day of gathering together to raise funds, share information, and celebrate our solidarity.