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Ellie Stafford will be part of photo highlights for Down syndrome promotion

Ellie Stafford of Aurora will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, Sept. 19, as 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, reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of people with Down syndrome. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, which is the mission of NDSS. Aurora resident Ellie Stafford enjoys some time with her great-grandmother Margaret. Ellie will be part of a Down syndrome campaign kicking off Sept. 19.

The photos of Ellie, who happens to have Down syndrome, was selected from more than 2,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. More than 450 photographs will appear in the video, which will be shown in the heart of Times Square.

Ellie is pictured twice, once in a photo with her great-grandma Margaret, and also with her friend Caj, who also rocks an extra chromosome.

The Times Square Video presentation kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The video presentation will be followed by the 21st Annual Flagship Buddy Walk in New York City.

For information about the NDSS National Buddy Walk Program, visit or call 800-221-4602.

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