Buddy Walk a tribute to compassionate community
To the editor:
My family and I had the great joy of participating in the 10th annual Buddy Walk of the Berkshires held at Craneville School in Dalton. The Buddy Walk is an event sponsored by Berkshire County ARC and the Berkshire County Down Syndrome Family Support Group that celebrates the spirit of people with Down Syndrome and all connected to individuals with Down Syndrome and those with other developmental disabilities. Over 1,100 participants gathered on a beautiful morning to share in this celebration of life and possibility.
With so much negativity, trauma, and conflict dominating our attention, it was hopeful and inspiring to be part of such a joyous event. The Buddy Walk of the Berkshires is a true celebration of people from all backgrounds coming together to honor life. It is a gathering of community, loving family and friends, local legislators, law enforcement, corporate and small business, food purveyors, and human service stewards. A continuous sea of people in yellow t-shirts walked down Main Street in Dalton beaming with hope and promise.
The Buddy Walk, in a time that can feel dark and overwhelming, is a true celebration of the Berkshires greatest asset — a compassionate community in action. Grateful thanks to all who supported the event!
Mark Pettus, M.D., The writer serves on the Board of Directors at Berkshire County ARC.