Snowboarder Kevin Pearce taking part in New York Buddy Walk this Saturday
To kick off the festivities, Kevin, David and the Pearce family will participate in the National Down Syndrome Society annual Times Square video presentation. Kevin will then address the walkers in Central Park about the importance of advocacy and will be available for autograph signings immediately following the walk.
Kevin, an NDSS Sports Ambassador and Team Captain for the Buddy Walk, has set a fund-raising goal of $10,000 this year for NDSS. Those interested in supporting Kevin may join his team as a walker or by sponsoring Kevin, David and their team.
All donations will benefit local area programs and the national advocacy efforts of the National Down Syndrome Society.
The Buddy Walk was established in 1995 by the NDSS to celebrate October's Down Syndrome Awareness Month and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Both the cause and the organization are extremely important to Kevin and the Pearce family.
Kevin was in the news earlier this year after suffering a traumatic brain injury from an accident while training in the halfpipe at Park City, Utah, for the Winter Olympics qualifier at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
He was completing a cab double cork -- a twisting double back-flip maneuver he's landed before -- when he caught his toe-side edge while landing.
Though wearing a helmet, Kevin hit his head above one of his eyes and was knocked unconscious. He underwent a four-month recovery and physical rehabilitation program in Salt Lake City and Englewood, Colo. and returned home to Vermont in May.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Kevin Pearce, left, and his brother David. Credit: Pearce family