Team Lena Bell

2017 CHOP Buddy Walk

On June 30th 2011 Lena Bell joined our family and changed our lives for the better in ways we never imagined. Every year since, the CHOP Buddy Walk has been a great way for us to connect with our friends and family to celebrate all those rocking a third 21st chromosome. Lena Bell and her friends are our inspiration. Please join us on October 1st in person or in spirit to help raise money and awareness for the Trisomy 21 Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 


Why I Walk:

The CHOP Buddy Walk is the sole fundraiser for the Trisomy 21 Program: CHOP’s Trisomy 21 Program, which cares for more than 1,200 children and 300 adults annually, would not exist as it does today without the tremendous support of the CHOP Buddy Walk® & Family Fun Day.

The CHOP Buddy Walk provides hope for tomorrow for children with trisomy 21, also known as Down syndrome, the most frequently occurring genetic syndrome in the United States. One in every 800 children are born with Down syndrome, and they often face an uncertain future. These children are at greater risk of developing chronic and life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, bone deformities, neurological, gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders, as well as feeding and developmental disabilities.

How Can You Help?

By donating and helping me support:

  • Ongoing clinical care and coordination for children and adults with Down syndrome and their families
  • New assessment tools to identify potential issues and intervene early
  • Continuing education for families, medical providers and community members
  • Transformational research to improve the quality — and quantity — of life for individuals with Down syndrome

With your support, babies born with Down syndrome can experience the many joys of childhood — and flourish in adulthood.

Thank you!

The Simonetti Family


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