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Moms on a mission for Best Buddies

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Time for some Good News!  Never under estimate the power of a mom.  And if you put two moms to work on a problem involving their kids you better watch out.

FOX13's Earle Farrell has a shining example of the true power of two moms on a mission.

We first introduced you to Melissa Todd and Kristin Barek last fall. These two moms were faced with the almost over whelming job of raising their two children with special needs. They had each other but it was not until they found out about Best Buddies did they see a glimmer of hope. But to bring Best Buddies to Memphis they had to raise $100,000 and open an office.

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They raised more than $40,000at a fund raiser dinner to go along with the money they had already raised. What these two women had done was almost impossible and they led to another miracle, Down Syndrome of Memphis and the Midsouth was so impressed they wanted to join the effort.

Ray Jancso, Board President said, "It was absolutely impressive to see these two folks making this much progress.  We as an organization have taken years to get to the point where they are.  Coupled with their mission of Best Buddies ties in with the Down Syndrome would also like to do so.  We saw an opportunity to try and partner with them and catapult the support for their goal but also ours as well.

"It was like fast forward so now they getting ready to go to training from what I understand and we hope to be bringing Best Buddies to Shelby County area next Fall," Martin Hobson, Executive Director Down Syndrome Memphis.

"It's funny you say that just yesterday I was looking at the big picture and we started out as two moms with this little idea that we thought we could do it and in 9 months' time here we are with permission to open up a part time office here in Memphis and in four schools with Best Buddies supporting us completely.  In fact in two weeks were getting on a plane and heading to Miami for training at Best buddies so we are just over whelmed by the support we have gotten," said Melissa Todd, Best Buddies of Memphis.

Kristin Barek Best Buddies Memphis says, "we kept saying you know we are moms on a mission for not only our children but also for all the children in Memphis that need a buddy and we have seen kids, adults and children that are in our special needs community with any kind of disability just blossom at just the thought of having this here in Memphis.  It is a huge idea.  It's the best thing that has ever happened to Memphis.  For Best Buddies especially with the Down Syndrome Association coming together with us cause that does not always happen."

Kelli Polatty Directo Communications Down Syndrome Memphis said, "friends they have had since growing up in school tend to go off on their own and their activities and a lot of the time children with different disabilities get somewhat left behind. So this is an opportunity to match up people with different disabilities with mentors and develop friendships."



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