Saturday, January 7, 2012

Support Durkin's Dragons

From time to time, parents express an interest in showing their appreciation for this blog... Well, here's the opportunity you've been waiting for!

Our local Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida is having their 2nd Annual Tour of Champions Valentine's Bowl-a-thon event this February 12th. The Foundation is all about "striking" Down barriers to inclusion and I'd LOVE for you to sponsor our bowling team, Durkin's Dragons!
Simply click this link to sponsor us:  All donations are tax-deductible.  

Last year Durkin's Dragons raised over $1,000, and we'd love to do it again this year! Especially since each team that raises over $1000 is eligible to participate in the grand prize drawing for an iPad! Jett would greatly benefit from having an iPad (and maybe have some fun with it too!).

As a special incentive, anyone kind enough to donate $50 or more will receive a free caricature of their family (face only, color, drawn in the same style as my blog header). Just type in "We'd love a caricature!" in the comment section when you sponsor us. Then email us photos of your family members, along with hair and eye color, to

The Foundation is run 100% by volunteers so all proceeds go directly to families for scholarships and programs!  Last year they raised $50,000 -- $34,000 went towards scholarships and $13,000 went towards programs.  It is their goal to raise more money this year so they can support the growing number of scholarship requests and implement some additional programs such as Lose The Training Wheels and iCan Work program. 

Jett has gotten many scholarships from DSFF for his speech therapy evaluations, swimming classes and therapeutic Gymboree classes.

Photo Highlights from 2011

 Volunteers, in light green shirts, were there to help the families when needed.
Jett was irresistible, as usual, and at one point we had FIVE volunteers "helping" with Jett.
Here's Kathy, Jett's sister, and the "Valentine's Day Bowling Ball of Destruction"
 Alex, Jett's brother, and "Goldie the Demolisher"
 And, Jett's Daddy with "Kermit the Annihilator".

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