Families Exploring Down Syndrome of Brevard, Inc. raised almost $26,000 with its 10th annual "Step Up for Down Syndrome!" event at Cocoa's Riverfront Park on Saturday November 3.
“We started this 10 years ago to help families enhance the lives of their children not covered by community resources,” Theresa Mitchell, an event organizer and local business-person, said. “We are an all volunteer non-profit and every dime stays in Brevard County.”
A variety of local businesses and charitable groups participated in the event, which included a one-mile walk, pony rides, and dancing for all ages.
Mike Allen of Security Financial Management said his business helps families provide “lifetime quality care” for loved ones with special needs. They help with benefits eligibility requirements, special needs trusts, guardianship issues, and advice on funding vehicles. Security Financial Management is a Dave Ramsey “Endorsed Local Provider.”
“We also talk to families about a non-legal letterof intent so that families don’t have to re-invent the wheel” when there is the death of a primary caregiver, Allen said.
Volunteers with Walk-on-Water Ministries said they provide equine-assisted therapy for kids with disabilities. “We help them live a dream in a relaxed atmosphere,” one said.
Home Depot had a tent that taught special needs children how to build birdhouses. Volunteers took time to show the proper use of hand tools, like hammers and screwdrivers.
11 local restaurants provided free food for the event. Among them were Papa John’s, Chili’s, Olive Garden, Ryan’s Village Piza, Banana Blossom Cakes, Healthy Planet of Brevard, Tiajuana Flats, Krispy Kreme, and Sweet Lips Confections.
For more information about this organization, go to www.fedsofbrevard.org.