On Nov. 2, the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics presented Candy and John Bogardus with the Friend of Children Award recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond for the sake of the children in their community
Dr. Evelyn Johnson, Vvce president of the Georgia Chapter, presented the award at a luncheon in Atlanta and described how the Bogardus’ were “inspired to make a difference, after daughter Lainey was diagnosed Down Syndrome eight years ago.”
Their founding of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society in 2006 as a non-profit family support group has served to launch a mission of support, outreach, education and advocacy for people with Down Syndrome.
Through the Bogardus’ hard work and determination, LDSS now provides 140 families in seven counties in southeast Georgia with financial and emotional support through Camp Buddy, Night of Champions, Parent Packets, monthly meetings, and educational opportunities.
Candy Bogardus served as secretary of LDSS since 2006 and is now its President.
John Bogardus served as the first president of LDSS for two terms and sits on the LDSS Board.
“Both John and I were honored to win this prestigious award and represent the LDSS family,” Candy said.
Johnson said their success started with the first Buddy Walk seven years ago.
“Led by celebrity cook Paula Deen as grand marshal, this year’s walk attracted over 4,000 walkers and is the largest fundraiser for their group,” Johnson said.
About the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a support group to benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families through local leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another.
For more information: http://www.ldssga.org/