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Meet Joey from The Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization

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Register TODAY to be on Captain Lee’s FITTEAM at the Buddy Walk in Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida: October 15, 2017 – 8:30am. Register here to walk with Captain Lee: BGCdownsyndrome.org/BW All funds and donations raised will support the Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization: www.bgcdownsyndrome.org Joining Captain Lee with be: • Olivia Dissman of Olivia’s Angels Foundation: https://www.oafl.org • Garrett Holeve of Garrett’s Fight Foundation: https://www.garrettsfight.org Please join us for a lot of FUN and to raise funding and awareness for Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization – October 15, 2017 954-825-0400

Captain Lee, Star of Hit Reality Show “Below Deck” Leads Buddy Walk FITTEAM

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Captain Lee Rosbach Leads Buddy Walk FITTEAM on October 15 in Markham Park
Captain Lee, Star of Hit Reality Show “Below Deck” Hosts Kickoff with Families of
Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization to Announce Buddy Walk Team

Coral Springs, FL – September 5, 2017 – The Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization today announced Captain Lee Rosbach, from Bravo’s hit reality show Below Deck, will lead the Buddy Walk FITTEAM October 15, 2017 at 8:30am in Markham Park, Sunrise, Florida.

“We are delighted, honored, and grateful that Captain Lee will lead a team at the Buddy Walk and will walk alongside all of us October 15,” said Diane De Braga, Executive Director of Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization. “Having his celebrity involvement in our organization is a great benefit, as one of our goals is to raise public awareness regarding Down Syndrome and how this genetic condition affects the lives of the individuals and families it touches. We are hopeful hundreds of fans will support and register to walk alongside Captain Lee and the FITTEAM at www.bgcDownSyndrome.org/BW.”

Several children and young adults with Down Syndrome were invited to a VIP event with Captain Lee on 110-foot luxury yacht Relentless in Ft. Lauderdale, to commemorate Rosbach’s upcoming support and participation in the Buddy Walk. The kickoff was an exciting experience for the kids to meet the reality star, and a great way to get everyone excited about the upcoming Buddy Walk. The yacht was generously provided by Worth Avenue Yachts.

“I’m pleased to participate to help raise public awareness for Down syndrome and support the Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization and walking in the Buddy Walk in Markham Park,” said Captain Lee Rosbach.

Captain Lee’s advocacy in supporting Down syndrome awareness will be featured in an upcoming video with several children who are participating in the things they love – boating, the beach, the water, and occasionally a reality show!

There were several other local “celebrities” on hand at the kickoff. Six-year-old Olivia Dissman, daughter of Oliver Dissman and founder of Olivia’s Angel’s Foundation (oafl.org), as well as 27-year-old Garrett Holeve (nicknamed “G-Money”), MMA champion, adaptive athlete, and co-founder of Garrett’s Fight Foundation (www.garrettsfight.org). Olivia and Garret, as well as many others will be walking with Captain Lee’s team for the Buddy Walk October 15, 2017.

Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization is a family support and resource organization dedicated to serving families who have an individual with Down syndrome. The mission is to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families by providing support, information, education, and advocacy, thus enabling each individual to reach his or her full potential. Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

People with Down syndrome are typically productive and meaningful contributors to society. They attend school, hold jobs, and participate in the world as their typical peers do. However, individuals born with Down Syndrome do have their challenges, which include cognitive delays that affect physical, intellectual, and language development.

Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome, which occurs in about 1 in every 700 births and affects approximately 400,000 individuals in the United States.

 The Buddy Walk

The Buddy Walk was established by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October, and anyone can participate and with no special training. The Walk has three primary goals: to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome; to raise funds locally and nationally for education, research, and advocacy programs; and to enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to positively influence local and national policy and practice. There is also a 5K for those who prefer to run versus walk to support the organization.

Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization

The Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization is a family support and resource organization dedicated to serving families who have an individual with Down syndrome. Or nearly 25 years, its mission is to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families by providing support, information, education, and advocacy, thus enabling each individual to reach his or her full potential.

Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization is a non-profit parent support group working to enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. When you support the Chapter, you help provide education, communication, socialization, special events, scholarships, and much more. Visit www.bgcdownsyndrome.org or call 954-825-0400.

Our Buddy Walk is held at Markham Park, 16001 W State Rd 84, Sunrise, FL 33326 – October 15, 2017. It includes breakfast, lunch, and lots of family entertainment, such as a DJ, rock wall, bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo, and much more. To register, visit www.bgcDownSyndrome.org/BW or click directly to: http://bit.ly/2gzjVnT

FITTEAM

FITTEAM is proud to support the Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization. FITTEAM has a global mission to help improve everyone’s quality of life. The company has a vehicle to help people to get “FIT” physically, financially, spiritually, and emotionally. FITTEAM has positioned itself as a leader in developing products and services that will continue to be forward thinking, life shifting, and that can truly make a difference for people around the world.

Founded in January of 2015 and headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, FITTEAM is recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the industry. www.fitteam.com 

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Special Needs Scholarship

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The Gardiner Scholarship helps families customize education plans for their children with special needs.

The Gardiner Scholarship is available for qualified Florida students beginning at age 3 through 22 or high school graduate, whichever comes first. To qualify students must be diagnosed with one of the following: autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, Phalen McDermid syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Spina bifida, Williams syndrome or an intellectual disability (severe cognitive impairment). Also, students who are deemed “high risk” due to developmental delays and who are not older than 5 on Sept. 1 may be eligible for the year they are applying.

The Gardiner Scholarship allows parents to direct their scholarship funds toward a combination of approved programs and providers they think will best meet their children’s unique needs. These include approved private schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology— even a college savings account.

We are currently accepting applications for the Gardiner Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply for the Gardiner Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year, please click here.

Please note: Scholarships are awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis once their applications are completed. Please be sure to advise families early, in order to receive a 100% award scholarship students must be deemed eligible no later than August 1st.

Another option is the Income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC), a program that empowers low-income families to find the K-12 school that best meets their children’s learning needs. Families may choose between two scholarship options: one that helps cover private school tuition and fees, or one that assists with transportation costs to attend a public school in another county. If a family’s household income qualifies for the free or reduced-price school lunch program (185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines), or, if the family receives SNAP (food stamps), TANF, or FDPIR, the student may be eligible.

We are currently accepting applications for the Income Based Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply for the income-based scholarship for the 2017-18 school year, families may click here.

Please note: Income-based scholarships for new students are limited. Scholarships are awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis once their applications are completed. Please be sure to advise families early, as we anticipate going to a waitlist much earlier than usual.

Children who are in foster care or out-of-home care, or who are homeless may also be eligible for either of these TWO scholarships.

To learn more about the scholarships, please visit www.StepUpForStudents.org.

You may also view our current flier at www.StepUpForStudents.org/flier.

Thank you for helping us reach children who may benefit from our two K-12 scholarship opportunities.

Courtney Studios Donates Photography to Gold Coast

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Meet Courtney Ortiz

PREMIER FAMILY & CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHER

Hi! I’m Courtney. Mother, wife, photographer, and owner of Courtney Studios. I started Courtney Ortiz Photography when my son Owen was 10 months old. I was an elementary school teacher for the 6 years before kids and the idea of starting a business to give me more flexibility and time to be with my son was exciting. Fast forward eight years and 3 kids later, Courtney Ortiz Photography is now Courtney Studios — a gorgeous natural light portrait studio located in the heart of downtown Hollywood, and voted “Best Family Photographer” by South Florida Parenting Magazine 2014 & 2015. Since the studio began in 2007, I still hold strong to the ideal that portrait photography is an art that should be enjoyed in your home, in the rooms where you feel the most love.