WOW! Can you believe this guy is turning 16 years old this year!!  The picture above is from just a few weeks ago when Alex earned his Life Scout badge.  He is just one rank away from Eagle Scout.  Alex just finished his final year in middle school and is headed to high school in the fall!  He is looking forward to  the new challenge,

Every year we like to walk to remember where this guy's story started!  We are so fortunate to have had CHOP so close to us for Alex's early years.  From heart surgery to tubes in his ears, to routine well visits and specialists visits, we have gotten to know numerous doctors in the CHOP network over the years.  It has been great to have the support of the Trisomy 21 program and the knowledge of Dr. Mary Pipan to support us as well.  We thank all of our Family and Friends for supporting us, both in life and in our fund raising efforts!

Thank you!

Team Alex Wood (Tricia, Rick, Alex, Hannah, and Eli)

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 Team Alex Wood 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.


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