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Teen supports Down syndrome Buddy Walk with lemonade stand


Annual benefit set for Sunday

by: SUBMITTED - Lake Oswego Junior High seventh-grader Mitchell Weiss raised $350 for DSNO by selling lemonade in his neighborhood. Mitchell Weiss, a seventh-grade student at Lake Oswego Junior High School, has been raising funds all summer for the annual Down Syndrome Network Oregon Buddy Walk to be held at Millennium Plaza Park on Sunday. He sold lemonade from a stand in his neighborhood and raised $350.

He raises funds for DSNO in honor of his friend, Megan Schiedler, who has Down syndrome, a genetic chromosomal disorder.

“I’ve raised money (for DSNO) by having a lemonade stand for two summers,” Weiss said. “Megan is a longtime family friend of mine.”

“Instead of playing or hiking or swimming like all the other kids in the neighborhood, he ran this stand for numerous weekends, sometimes in 95 degree heat,” said Megan’s mother, Paula Schiedler, one of the founders of DSNO. “At a (Lake Oswego High School) Laker game he presented Megan with $350. He told his dad he doesn’t need the money, he did this for us.

“It’s a fantastic story of sacrifice for Megan, whom he loves very much and for those like her in our community.”

This year’s Buddy Walk begins with registration and entertainment from 9 to 11 a.m. at Millennium Plaza Park in downtown Lake Oswego. All are encouraged to gather by 11 and the walk will begin at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is served at noon and the festivities continue until 1 p.m. Registration fee is $15, which includes a hamburger lunch, served by the Lake Oswego Lions Club, and a T-shirt for every participant.

Registration can be completed online at dsno.org/events/buddy-walk.