The Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC) held their annual buddy walk this Sunday Nov 8th to promote the awareness of Downs Syndrome and a group of us were privileged to be a part of that effort and in support of Matthew Hendricks and his son Trevor. The turnout was fantastic. The costumes from the 501st were outstanding and we had a great showing of droids to boot! Once the kids saw the cast of characters and droids it was a mob scene like no other. It was Great!!! Our friends from the US Army were there as well to show their support. Hooah!! However, we had to warn them about a certain Tusken Raider who was “eyeing” that fancy rig of theirs!!!!
Once the Buddy Walk commenced pandemonium quickly ensued but we were ready! The crowd eventually got so thick that it became impossible to take pictures and control the droid so I had to maneuver my droid to keep some of the kids from damaging my R5. One kid actually took my restraining bolt and I had to catch him to get it back. Victor had his Arm servo damaged on his R2D2 and even C;loe had her snuggle taken for a short while by one of the crowd. They kept us hopping!! After the initial wave of walkers came through we were on our way back to our break room when some “clowns” (volunteers) snagged Ken and I for a quick little photo-op. Who could say no to that!! After a while I had my R5 on the grass and then on the baseball diamond running the bases with Will and his droid. Fun Times!!