For five-year-old Matthew McInnis of Bartlett, the bright lights of Broadway are in his immediate future.
On Sept. 21, Matthew's photo will be part of the National Down Syndrome Society's (NDSS) annual Times Square Video presentation.
The featured photographs highlight children, teens and adults with Down syndrome working, playing and learning alongside friends and family. The collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, which is the NDSS mission.
The photo of Matthew, who has Down syndrome, was selected from over 1,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. Over 200 photographs will appear in the video, which will be shown on the News Corporation Sony Screen, located in the heart of Times Square.
The Times Square Video presentation kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The video presentation will be followed by the 19th Annual Flagship Buddy Walk® in New York City. This year, Buddy Walk® events will be held in more than 250 cities across the country, as well as select international locations, in and around October.
For information about the NDSS National Buddy Walk® Program, visit www.buddywalk.org or call 800-221-4602.