Eudora residents C.A. and Bonnie Brunk's grandson Damian Roseman, Fort Riley, will appear in lights on Broadway Sept. 30 as part of the National Down Syndrome Society's video production to demonstrate that people with Down syndrome can be successfully included in community activities, education and employment.
The photo of Damian, who has Down syndrome, was selected from more than 2,500 entries in the NDSS nationwide call for photos. He is pictured playing in his kiddie pool at his grandparent's house in Eudora.
Approximately 215 photographs will appear in a video production to be shown on the larger-than-life Newscorp Astrovision by Panasonic, located in the heart of Times Square. The video production, coordinated by NDSS, illustrates children, teens and adults with Down syndrome working, playing and learning with friends and family.
Panasonic donated 40 minutes of time on the Times Square Astrovision in honor of National Down Syndrome Awareness month, which kicks off in October and includes the 2007 Buddy Walk. This year, walks will take place in more than 275 cities across the country as well as many international walks.
John C. McGinley, who plays Dr. Perry Cox in the NBC show "Scrubs," is the 2007 National Buddy Walk spokesman. He has a 9-year-old son, Max, who has Down syndrome.
For more information about National Down Syndrome Awareness Month or the NDSS Buddy Walk, visited the Web site at www.NDSS.org or call (800) 221-4602.