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PRESS PHOTOS BY PAULA BECK Kyle Woomer, 12, front, and Kelsey Anthony, 14, both of Northampton, are shown in this photo that was selected to be included in the 2012 video presentation in Times Square to raise Down Syndrome awareness. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAULA BECK Kyle Woomer, 12, front, and Kelsey Anthony, 14, both of Northampton, are shown in this photo that was selected to be included in the 2012 video presentation in Times Square to raise Down Syndrome awareness.
Kyle Woomer, 12, puts his arm around Kelsey Anthony, 14. Both of Northampton, the pair have been friends for several years but currently Kelsey confirms Kyle is her Kyle Woomer, 12, puts his arm around Kelsey Anthony, 14. Both of Northampton, the pair have been friends for several years but currently Kelsey confirms Kyle is her "boyfriend." The pair was recently featured in a video presentation in Times Square to raise awareness of Down Syndrome.
The group joked around as they recalled their memories of the trip to New York in 2007 to participate in the annual video presentation and Buddy Walk to raise Down Syndrome awareness. From left are Kelsey Anthony, Cheryl Anthony, Kyle Woomer and Kathy Woomer, all of Northampton. The group joked around as they recalled their memories of the trip to New York in 2007 to participate in the annual video presentation and Buddy Walk to raise Down Syndrome awareness. From left are Kelsey Anthony, Cheryl Anthony, Kyle Woomer and Kathy Woomer, all of Northampton.

Local youths featured in video

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by PAULA BECK Special to The Press in Local News

Kelsey Anthony, 14, and Kyle Woomer, 12, of Northampton, were seen in the bright lights of Broadway on Sept. 22, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) annual Times Square Video Presentation.

The event supports the NDSS mission to promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome.

The photo of Kelsey and Kyle, who have Down Syndrome, was selected from over 1,000 entries. The picture shows the pair at Penn State during the Special Olympics. The photo was used, along with others, to create a video shown on the News Corporation Sony Screen in Times Square.

Kyle attends Siegfried Elementary and Kelsey attends Northampton Area Middle School. Their moms, Cheryl Anthony and Kathy Woomer, have been friends for several years. The women have been submitting photos of their children for consideration in the event since 2007. This is the fourth time that Kelsey and Kyle have been chosen to be featured in the video.

The families traveled to New York City in 2007, the first year they were featured, so they could see the video presentation and participate in the annual New York City Buddy Walk which followed. Buddy Walks raise money and awareness for Down Syndrome. They also occur in selected cities during the month of October every year.

Kelsey recalled the 2007 New York City trip fondly, saying, "I loved it!" She said that visiting Times Square was her favorite part of the trip.

Kelsey is very active and loves dancing. She attends 3-D Dance in Northampton and her favorite class is hip hop. Both Kelsey and Kyle have participated in The Miracle League baseball program and Special Olympics.

Raising a child with Down Syndrome is not without its challenges but the experience can also be very rewarding.

"After the initial diagnosis, most people are concerned with the medical issues, but they have so much more potential. Every child is different and they never cease to amaze you." said Kathy.

Both moms agreed that it is important to treat children with Down Syndrome just like any other kid and expose them to a variety of experiences.

Cheryl also stressed the rewards of raising a Down Syndrome child. "They are so loving and giving. They don't judge you; they just accept you," she said.

For more information, visit the National Down Syndrome Society at www.ndss.org or locally contact the Eastern Pennsylvania Down Syndrome Center in Trexlertown, www.epdsc.net.