Angie Cain, an administrative assistant at Down Syndrome Indiana, will help kick-off 2016 Buddy Walk® Indianapolis from Indianapolis' Celebration Plaza on Saturday, October 8.
Give Angie a task; she’ll respond, “I can do that!” Going to work five days a week, Angie splits her time among several Indianapolis area enterprises. You might find her helping residents at Windemere Nursing Home or shoppers at a Kohls Department Store. She works at Community North Hospital and her local YMCA, too. Angie is also the Best Buddies Ambassador for the Butler Chapter.
In addition, Angie is an administrative assistant at Down Syndrome Indiana (DSI). She began volunteering in 2006; that’s ten years ago! Angie states she specifically enjoys working on the organization’s database, making entries to keep it up-to-date. Working with surveys of various kinds for Down Syndrome Indiana is fulfilling for Angie, too. She appreciates the support given to DSI and often writes “thank you” letters to donors. Angie works in registration helping check-in the teams and delivering team signs at Buddy Walk® Indianapolis.
Angie's conscientious and dedicated work was recognized with the 2010 Colts Golden Horseshoe Award, created by the football team to highlight outstanding volunteers and philanthropists in Indiana. Down Syndrome Indiana and Angie were selected as one of 10-12 organizations given the award that year.
In 2014, Angie was named the National Down Syndrome Society Self Advocate of the Year. Self Advocates are adults with Down syndrome who represent themselves in many aspects of daily life. Angie was chosen for this top-level award based on her tireless work in the Down syndrome community in the area of public policy and advocacy for people with Down syndrome. ………………..(add criteria here please.)
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Emry Himes, a student at Franklin College, will join some 5,000 people at the 2016 Buddy Walk® Indianapolis on Indianapolis' Celebration Plaza, Saturday, October 8.
Exhibiting David DeSanctis' message of achievement and acceptance, Emry Himes steadfastly believes that “life is good!”
Emry attends Franklin College, currently studying public relations. He takes Inspire 101 - life skills and a physical education class. He enjoys tailgating for the football games. He is living the life as a typical college student!
Prior to being accepted into the Franklin College INSPIRE program, Emry attended Roncalli High School. Throughout high school he took a variety of classes and participated in numerous extracurricular activities. Emry was a member of Central Catholic CYO, and played on the CYO high school basketball team all four years. Emry participated on Roncalli High School's first ever unified track team, running the 100 meter dash and throwing shot put. The team finished third in the city competition. Emry and his brother played golf in the Unified Special Olympics. Service to others was (and remains) very important to Emry. As a high school student, he was an active Eucharistic Minister for his church and for Magnolia Springs Senior Assisted Living Facility. As a result of his enthusiasm toward, compassion in, and dedication to serving others, Emry was awarded the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Spirit of Youth award in 2016. Emry graduated from Roncalli in 2016, speaking at his graduation.
Working with the public, Emry is a valued employee who “will teach you more about life than you could ever figure out by yourself,” according to his sister, Katie. Among his employers are Dairy Queen, Gallaghers II and Goodwill Industries. Katie and his mother, Barb, continue, “No matter how serious life gets, Emry puts everything in perspective. With Emry around you are guaranteed to be entertained. He has taught us what it means to love unconditionally, laugh until our cheeks hurt, live in the moment and that you should never ever judge a book by its cover.”