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February 7, 2012

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February 1, 2011

The passion and enthusiasm of the leaders of this organization is truly inspiring. Bringing a conference like this on board a ship is genius in that it not only provides all of the resources, entertai... more

February 7, 2012

As a speaker/comedian who has the privilege of performing all over the U.S., with a primary focus being Special Needs Organizations (Down Syndrome Association, Autism Societies, Special Olympics, etc.), the Buddy Cruise rises to the top as one of the best conferences available to people with Ds and their friends and families. As I always say, it is the only conference I can think of in which ideas of inclusion and awareness are happening simultaneously with the conference itself, as the "Buddy Cruisers" enjoy the many amenities and activities of the ship, and touching lives everywhere on board. Exposure is key in opening hearts and minds for people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Cruise does an A1 job in making this happen! While traveling, i never hesitate to promote this event as an "must" for anyone touched by someone special with that wonderful extra chromosome! ..the food is better than most conferences too.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 1, 2011

The passion and enthusiasm of the leaders of this organization is truly inspiring. Bringing a conference like this on board a ship is genius in that it not only provides all of the resources, entertainment and speakers which benefit its attendees - but it also helps raise the awareness of everyone else on board about the joy of those who have Ds! Other conferences may talk about this, but the Buddy Cruise does it simultaneosly with the conference itself.

If i were ever to hit an iceberg while on board a cruise ship, and had only a few hours left to live, I'd want my final moments to be with these folks!

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I was so impressed by this group, that often tell others about it while speaking around the country. In fact, I've convinced my brother's group home (he has down syndrome) to send him and four of his buddies on the next cruise!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Pay the speakers with big bags full of cash!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011


I cannot begin to express how The Buddy Cruise has enriched my life. The concept of Buddy Cruise was that of my older children in honor of their younger brother. The idea of a Down syndrome conference with expert speakers on board a cruise ship was quite appealing; however, before the
inaugural voyage was over we realized this was SO much more. Being able to spend so much quality time with other families who share your experiences is unmatched. Learning with and from others who have walked this walk before you and being able to inspire those whose journey is just beginning surpasses any conference or vacation experience I have ever had. I think having the “down” time to vacation with the families and really form bonds between the sessions and in port make this so unique. Now in its 4th year, The Buddy Cruise is becoming more like a big reunion with so many returning each year to welcome into the Buddy Cruise family those who are sailing with us for the first time.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

what I have learned from the speakers & attendees. And the amazing friendships that I have made.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Founder

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

I have been on two Buddy Cruises with my 30 year old son, who has Down Syndrome. It was a great opportunity to meet others in the same situation. My son and I both made new friends and had some nice trips. Patrick has travelled extensively with his mother and me. The Buddy Cruises were a good way for him to meet some peers. It was a good opportunity for me to meet some of the other parents and speakers to know that we are not alone.

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My son was able to meet and interact with peers in various age groups. Helped to broaden his horizons. It also gave me access to information I did not know or had forgotten.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No suggestions.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I've been on 3 Buddy Cruises with my wife and two young daughters. We had a fantastic time on all the cruises and have meet some great familes. The Buddy Cruise provides the opportunity to vacation with other families who have kids with Down syndrome. It's great to see all the kids included in all the ship's activities. They provide lectures and workshops to educate families on various Down syndrome topics.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting the opportunity to meet other families who have children with similar needs to my children.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

want Buddy Cruise to be able to fund more familes who could not afford to go otherwise.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

my son is 19 and finding friends is no easy task we met a dozen people around the right age with down's on our first buddy cruise . Zach had alot of fun and met alot of potental friends , Zach has been talking about that cruise longer than he has ever talked about any other activity we are looking forward to oct. this time we are going to be sure and give contact info to everyone, finding adult friends now that zach is out of school is vary important to us he has been less shy every since the cruise i also met alot of parents who understand the life we live the joy and the hardships we all have i wish there were more events like this

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my son has been more outgoing

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get something like the buddy cruise in branson or some other family destination on land

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

This was my second buddy cruise and had a blast on both of them. Lifelong friendships have been forged because of the common bond we all share - our love for our Buddies! Looking forward to the upcoming cruise in October - Can't Wait! Awesome cruise, great directors and lots of useful information.

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in my daily life.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

perhaps have a few more events for age specific children groups.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Our Buddy won a Free Cruise in 2009!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011


I cannot wait to sail with my newfound friends and their families.
They are truly an inspiration!
May God Bless them.
Rosa and Erik


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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how the families experienced the joy of their child.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

I first learned of Buddy Cruise in 2009 and think that it provides wonderful opportunities for people with Down Syndrome and their families to get together for fellowship, sharing experiences and solutions, learning, and fun. I have heard all positive reports from people who have participated in Buddy Cruise.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how families and their children with Down Syndrome have had such a positive experience on Buddy Cruise.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask them and others (e.g., individual or organizational donors who could contribute to Buddy Cruise) to find ways to obtain more funding to increase activities like Buddy Cruise and "scholarships" for Buddy Cruise for families who cannot afford part or all of the cost.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

Families and friends who give of themselves to raise amazing kids with Down syndrome are never alone in this world. They receive phenomenal support from Buddy Cruise, Inc. It is this fantastic non-profit group that reaches out to families who have been touched with Down syndrome, from prenatal through adulthood. Their annual awareness conference, Buddy Cruise, brings these families and friends together from all over the globe, forming bonds and lasting friendships. It is a privilege to be a part of this unique event, and cruise with such wonderful people.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reaching out to businesses, helping them become aware of Buddy Cruise Inc.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

travel the mascot to large gatherings, nationwide. This would help more folks become aware of the Buddy Cruise!

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

Buddy Cruise is a truly wonderful event! I learned about it last year, and was so impressed with this idea! It is a great way for families of children who have Down's Syndrome (and those children) to get together in a fun-filled, yet educational atmosphere where they can learn about Down's Syndrome and find a connective network of support. The organzation and planning that goes into creating this event is extraordinary, and I know hundreds of children and families have benefitted from this amazing opportunity. As an individual who works with children who have Down's Syndrome and their families on a regular basis, I can truly say that the Buddy Cruise is an unbelievable opportunity! I would highly recommend it to anyone who asks!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've heard reviews regarding the buddy cruise from families I have worked with. These families had nothing but the highest praise to describe their experience during this event and really felt like they had come away with a better understanding of Down's Syndrome, as well as a new network of friends to turn to for support.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This organization is wonderful~the only change I would make would be to spread the word to others so that more people would realize how great the Buddy Cruise really is!

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