For 3rd Time -- Gladewater Resident to be Featured
in the Bright Lights of Times Square in New York
Ryan Bailey to Help Kick Off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in Unique Annual Video Presentation
NEW YORK, NY – Ryan Bailey of Gladewater, TX will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 21, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society's (NDSS) annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens and adults with Down syndrome working, playing and learning alongside friends and family. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, which is the NDSS mission.
The photo of Ryan, who has Down syndrome, was selected from over 1,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. Over 200 photographs will appear in the video, which will be shown on the News Corporation Sony Screen, located in the heart of Times Square.
This year, Ryan is pictured at the 76th annual Gladewater Round Up Rodeo. Ryan had just finished reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before a crowd of over 4,000 before being held up for applause by John Harrison, Barrelman, Specialty Act and 2012 Comedy Act of The Year. Also in the photograph is Dina Reynolds who first introduced Ryan to rodeo organizers paving the way for him to be involved the last three years. The photo was taken by Jackie Luizzi. The NDSS also used a golf photo of Ryan, when he was just 3 years old, and a Taekwondo photo, when he was age six in their annual video presentations in 2007 and in 2010.
The Times Square Video presentation kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The video presentation will be followed by the 19th Annual Flagship Buddy Walk® in New York City. This year, Buddy Walk® events will be held in more than 250 cities across the country, as well as select international locations, in and around October. For information about the NDSS National Buddy Walk® Program, visit www.buddywalk.org or call 800-221-4602.
The National Down Syndrome Society is a nonprofit organization with more than 375 affiliates nationwide representing over 400,000 Americans who have Down syndrome. The mission of NDSS is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities. For more information visit www.ndss.org.