Alexander's Angels is a leading community based association advocating for persons with Down syndrome. This organization aims to raise awareness outside the Down syndrome community by continuing working with local colleges and with Down syndrome organizations in a collaborative effort to promote a better understanding of people with Down syndrome, including a commitment to support research aimed at improving lives for persons with Down syndrome. Alexander's Angels consistently meets a goal within its mission by supporting Down syndrome cognitive research, which is targeted to develop drug therapies that will enhance life opportunities for persons with Down syndrome through improving memory, learning and communication. Research Down Syndrome's interaction with Alexander's Angels has been a consistently positive experience.
Seven years ago my niece Allie was born with Down Syndrome. Alexander's angels has helped us meet others going through the same things. It is a family, one that I am proud to be a member of.
Life is a daily struggle for alot of people, but more so for those living with Down Syndrome and their families. Since the inception of the L.I. Buddy walk in 2007 my family and I have been showing our support by walking, donating and volunteering our time for this terrific organanization. Esther Gomez and her team (Alexander's Angel's) do a fantastic job every year. Not only are they raising money and awareness for this cause, Alexander's Angel's help bring together families that are going through the same issues. It allows them to bond and share there problems and concerns with each other, it is a family of sorts and I am happy to be a part of it. Maria Polizzi
I am happy to be a part of Alexander's Angels. I have been a co chair for the Fundraising committee for 7 years and I am happy making a difference each year raising money for adults and children with Down Syndrome. My daughter Alexandra is seven years old and has Down Syndrome she is an active spunky girl and I wouldn't change her at all. Thank you to everyone for helping make a difference.
Alexander's Angels is a non-profit organization that helps raise awareness and acceptance with people with Down Syndrome. When I had my daughter that's when I found out she has Down Syndrome. With Alexander angels I feel like it is a day where we can celebrate everything that our children have accomplished. It is a day where the community can all be together celebrating our sons and daughters. I honestly feel like this group really brings people closer together.
I am so proud to have been named to the Board of Directors this year. Alexander's Angels is truly a grass roots organization born of the love and lack of information found by a grandmother of a child with Down syndrome. Esther Gomez-Nieto and her family are inspirational in their dedication to education and advocacy as well as fundraising for research.
Alexander's Angels has evolved through grass-roots organizing and the dedication of its founders. I first met Esther Gomez-Nieto as a result of being asked to help coordinate a panel presentation several years ago regarding Down syndrome advocacy and research at Briarcliffe College. I found her to be friendly and light-hearted while knowing how to get things done; a rare combination that I have always appreciated. Since then I have continued to work with the organization to promote and sponsor the annual Buddy Walk, host panel presentations, and contribute to other events developed by Alexander's Angels. It is wonderful to see how an organization born from a grandmother's love could blossom into a community for advocacy and encouragement. While we may not be "blood," the leaders of Alexander's Angels are family.
I began volunteering with Alexander's Angels for their 4th Annual Buddy Walk. I am a student at SUNY Old Westbury, majoring in Special Education. As my interest in my field of study grew, I began researching ways to reach out, volunteer, and learn more. I found Alexander's Angels, agreed with their purpose and goals, and instantly became interested in getting involved. I first began behind the scenes, helping out here and there. This past October we held the 6th Annual Buddy Walk, and I am now the Co-Chair of the Events committee. My commitment and interest has only grown with each year I have been involved with this organization. I've watched the fundraisers and events grow year by year, feeling a sense of pride to be involved in such a caring and growing organization. Not only has this organization made great strides and reached many fundraising goals, but being a part of the experiences has provided me with so much knowledge and a sense of fulfillment. Being a part of this organization has given me the feeling of being part of an extended family. Every person involved has been nothing but warm and welcoming to me since day one. I am very honored to be involved in such a great cause with a great team of support. Alexander's Angels has touched so many lives, including my own.
As a museum professional, always looking for new ways of engaging new audiences and displaying art that represents a broad spectrum of artists, cultures and times, Alexander's Angels provided me with the opportunity to learn about and work with Down Syndrome artists and advocates in an inspiring and creative way. The opportunity to display art at museums and galleries, to invite the artists and their families and to sell their artwork is an example of necessary practices that show the world the value of the work of the artists' involved and creates new ways of understanding Down Syndrome. It has been a privilege and pleasure to work with a small organization that works so hard to present to the world in a very professional way the contributions of individual's with Down Syndrome. Examples of the different exhibitions are • Hutchins Gallery, LIU/C.W. Post - January 14 - 31, 2009, Reception, January 18, 2009. • Casa Frela, NYC - March 14 - April 4, 2009. Reception, March 14,2009• Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn - April 2011 • Community Gallery, Port Washington Library - Sept. 1 - Sept 30, 2011. Reception Sept. 2, 2012 • 28on27, NYC, March 21 to 29, 2012. Reception, March 21, 2012. Article on this exhibition at http://www.stayclassy.org/stories/a-small-all-volunteer-organization-makes-a-difference-for-down-syndrome
I am a mother to Maximus, a 5 year old boy with Mosaic Down Syndrome. Until I became involved with the Buddy Walk or Alexanders Angels, the only Down Syndrome support we could find was what was written in articles or Doctors. We firts joined the Buddy Walk 3 years ago and fell in love with all the participants and more importantly the Down Syndrome children they were there to support. The Buddy Walk is all about acceptance and just being around people who can relate to some of the issues a family and Down Syndrome participant face. Alexanders Angels brings advocacy groups to the walk where we are able to get tons of resources for Down Syndrome programs, they display artwork made by Down Syndrome individuals and live performances by Down Syndrome children and adults. They create a forum where these individuals don't stand out because of their DISABILITY but stand out because of their incredible ABILITIES!! I have met so many great families through the Buddy Walk and my friends and family look forward to the Buddy Walk every year.
I have been lucky enough to be involved with Alexanders Angels since the beginning, in once capacity or another. I can truly say that helping, even in such a small way, has made me a better person and helped me to be thankful for all that I have every day. The people, and especially the kids, whom I have met are all wonderful.
what can i say but alexanders angels has been the most amazing thing to us. every year we look forward to the buddy walk. the feeling of support and love is in the air...........and may be one of the only times our family is all together. we look forward to it and always have such an a fun day. my son is now 6. we have walked every year and plan to do it many more.alexanders angels has brought so much awarness to our community. it helps people to see that these kids can do anything! i am honored to be a part of this wonderful organization, and truly think the people that make it happen are selfless blessed people.thank you alexanders angels..for taking us all under your wings.
I am the care-giver of Max, a young child who has Mosaic Down Syndrome. We learned of Alexander's Angels several years ago and our circle of extended family and friends love getting involved with the Buddy Walk. It is refreshing to see such a large, enthusiastic turnout for this wonderful event. While this event is continually a success in raising money for research, services and advocacy for people with Down Syndrome, it is especially noteworthy how much Alexander's Angels is devoted to truly highlighting the unique talents and abilities of people with Down Syndrome. It focuses on their wonderful ABILITIES rather than focusing on their disabilities.
This is so important to me because when I look at this small child, I don't see a child with disabilities. Max is only five years old, but he is a caring, funny, energetic and extremely charming child. I love watching him grow and know he will do exceptional things. Of course, you hope this for every child, but knowing what Max will eventually excel with is more of a guessing game.
Another program Alexander's Angels provides, which I have a particular love for as a photography enthusiast, is 'DOWNrightART,' which is an exhibition of the creative works of artists with Down syndrome. Seeing some of the pieces on display at the Buddy Walk led me to peruse the internet looking at photography by people with Down Syndrome and what I found was incredible. My point here is that it was stand-alone, wonderful photography and became irrelevant that the artist had a 'disability,' because of their wonderful ABILITY. I don't know what sort of interests and talents Max will consider or develop as a young man; perhaps photography or another medium of art won't be his thing…but he will find something and I have no doubt he will be incredible at it.
That is what Alexander's Angels is all about -- looking past the surface and embracing the individual.
My daughter has Mosaic Down Syndrome and the annual buddy walk and Friendly's fundraiser events are some of the activities we always are involved in. Our newest location for the buddy walk, Tanner Park, was recently damaged by hurricane Sandy. I am hopeful the site that was on the beautiful Great South Bay can become more gorgeous than ever. It was my favorite location thus far. The amount of money this organization has given to research for those with Down Syndrome is extraordinary. The walks are very well organized and have gtown quite popular on Long Island.
Alexander's Angels is an amazing organization that is making great strides in raising awareness and advocating for children and adults with Down Syndrome. Attend an event, such as The Long Island Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome and you will leave a better person for seeing the hard work done by Alexander's Angels to pull off such a heartwarming event!!