Students Display Kindness on the Court

PORT ORFORD, Ore. — High school athletes aren’t usually praised for letting an opponent score, but during this one game, on this one night, two baskets meant a lot more than just four points on the score board. Two weeks ago, the Pacific Pirates took on the Camas Valley Hornets for Pacific High School’s Senior … Continue reading »

Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome

EUGENE, Ore. — A couple hundred people walked together in Eugene Saturday to raise money for Down syndrome. Participants took a loop around Amazon Parkway as part of the Buddy Walk. It’s the main fundraiser for the Emerald Family Down Syndrome Network. This year’s theme was: Expect Me to Succeed and I Will. “What’s really … Continue reading »

Down Syndrome Buddy Walk Funds Research

EUGENE, Ore. — The seventh annual Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome Awareness is happening Saturday, Sept. 21. The Emerald Family Down Syndrome Network says funds from the walk support education and research programs. Anyone can participate, and kids can enjoy a crafts and games zone. The walk is a half-mile and kicks off at 2:30 … Continue reading »

Tasty Fundraiser Provides Local Support

EUGENE, Ore. — A tasty fundraiser put the spotlight on Down syndrome and how people can help provide support for area families Tuesday. Half of the proceeds from all the food and drinks sold at McMenamins North Bank Tuesday night went to the Emerald Family Down Syndrome Network. The group provides programs at no cost … Continue reading »

Charity Helps With Adoption Grants

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Not everyone can adopt a child, especially one with special needs. A nationwide charity called Recce’s Rainbow is helping families get the funds they need to adopt orphaned children who have Down syndrome. International Fitness, in Springfield, held a Zumbathon along to help raise money for Reece’s Rainbow. Dozens of people broke … Continue reading »

Celebrating Champions

EUGENE, Ore. — For some 22-year-olds, waking up early can be a challenge. Not for Bucky Benz. He thrives on independence. At 7:30 a.m., he’s ready to go. With bags packed, he waits for the bus, eager to start the day. But there’s something about Benz you don’t know. He has Down syndrome. Some may … Continue reading »