Thursday, July 12, 2018

Liam in Times Square...AGAIN!

Liam in Times Square...AGAIN!!! NDSS Times Square Video #Downsyndrome #NDSS #Downsyndromeawareness

Three years ago, Liam's beautiful face was featured on the Jumbotron in Times Square. And this September, a picture of him will show up on the big screen again! The NDSS Times Square Video promotes Down syndrome awareness, right in the heart of New York City!


Each year, the National Down Syndrome Society puts together a beautiful video showcasing people who have Down syndrome, to help raise awareness about what life with Down syndrome is really like. It plays on the Jumbotron in Times Square before the annual Buddy Walk in New York City. It's a big deal, and we are honored that Liam is a part of it again!


In 2015, I submitted the photo below, which is one of my all time favorites. We were so excited when we got the email congratulating us for having his picture chosen for the video!

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Unfortunately, we were unable to attend, and I remember feeling so sad as Facebook friends who were at the event proudly shared the pictures of their children on the Jumbotron. Thankfully, a friend of a friend took a picture for me, and the tears streamed down my face when it arrived. I felt incredibly proud to see my beloved son's beautiful face on that giant screen! It wasn't the same as being there in person, but I am beyond grateful that the moment was captured!

NDSS Times Square Video

The following two years, life was very busy, and I forgot to submit a picture before the deadline. This year, I didn't want to forget, so I set an alarm on my phone, and I submitted a picture just 10 minutes before the deadline. I wasn't sure which picture to enter, so I just picked one, and forgot all about it. Imagine my surprise when I received this email on Monday:

NDSS Times Square Video

BUT...I couldn't remember which photo I sent in! I was so embarrassed, but I emailed someone at the NDSS, and within minutes, she sent me a link to the photo I submitted. (Apparently, I was one of many who couldn't remember!) In case you're wondering, it's this one!

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So around 9:30 AM ET, on September 15th, Liam's picture will be included in the NDSS Times Square Video. This year, I'm going to do everything I possibly can to get to New York City. I hope to be standing there in Times Square, holding my sweet boy, as his picture appears on the Jumbotron. It's a moment of a lifetime, and I don't want to miss it again!


If you want to see the 2015 NDSS Times Square Video, here it is! (I can't remember the time Liam was featured.)



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National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) 2015 Times Square Video

Liam in Times Square...AGAIN!!! NDSS Times Square Video #Downsyndrome #NDSS #Downsyndromeawareness

8 comments:

  1. Aw, this is so exciting! I love the picture you sent - I'd probably be one of those people who forgot which one too. LOL I hope you can make it to NYC to see it in person!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Haha! Apparently a lot of people forgot! I am really hoping we can make it!

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  2. That is so great, I hope you get to be there this time!

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  3. He is so adorable!!! I am so excited for your family and more than anything that it is raising awareness for Down Syndrome!! I hope and pray you make it to NYC this time!!! Hugs!

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  4. How sweet is this. I love that he is on there again. Plus he is totally perfect to represent awareness for Down Syndrome.

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  5. That's awesome! Really hope you can make it to NYC to see it this time in person!

    txklra (Instagram)

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