The East Texas Down Syndrome Group (ETDSG) is inviting residents of Longview and surrounding areas to strap on their walking shoes and join them for the 14th annual Buddy Walk of East Texas, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, October 10, at The ROC at First Baptist Church in Longview.
The Buddy Walk of East Texas is part of a nation-wide campaign designed to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to celebrate Down syndrome Awareness Month in October. The name Buddy Walk promotes inclusion between friends of every ability. Donations collected through the event help provide for the needs of those with Down syndrome in East Texas.
Todd “TJ” Angus serves as the chairman for the Buddy Walk event and works countless hours to make this event possible.
Mr. Angus believes serving others is an essential part of a person’s wellbeing.
“When we seek to help those who are in need, we forget ourselves,” he said. There is an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment. When we unselfishly serve, we find that the walls that can sometimes divide, such as race and religion, are broken down as we all seek to accomplish a common goal. It is the best thing to bind a community together.”
In addition to his work with the ETDSG Buddy Walk committee, Mr. Angus is also a board member of the ETDSG, a board member of the East Texas Oilmen’s Chili Cookoff in Kilgore, the public relations leader for www.justserve.org, and a high councilman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Born in Janesville, Wisconsin, Mr. Angus has lived in East Texas for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of Hallsville High School and works as a regional manager for M5 Incorporated. He is married to Tiffany Angus and is the father of three children, James, 8, Jade, 6, and Austin, 3. Mr. Angus said he enjoys living in East Texas because he has plenty of opportunities to serve the community.
“East Texas can be laid back and slow paced. I am not,” he said. “I love this community because it help me to relax and remember to enjoy life. This community also welcomes volunteers and I see that helps bind families together.”
For more information about the Buddy Walk of East Texas, please visit www.etdsg.org.