Duck Race in Denver
A few months ago, Stacey Davis and some friends discussed hosting an event to bring their community together and support a charity. Little did Stacey know that her friends decided they wanted to honor the Davis family and their 19-year-old son Tyler, who has Angelman syndrome. Recently Tyler had visited the new AS Clinic in Denver, CO and everyone agreed this event would support the Angelman Syndrome Foundation to help fund the clinics and other ASF programs.
Tyler Davis is an inspiration to everyone who crosses his path. He has the unique ability to light up the room with his smile and laughter. As his mom says, “he instantly draws people to him, one smile and you’re on ‘Team Tyler’.” Stacey was honored her friends would want to do something to help Tyler and all individuals with AS.
Stacey and her community built upon the idea of a Duck Race down the canal in their neighborhood. They sent out a flyer, advertised on the community Facebook page and spread the word. People could buy a duck for $5 to race down the canal, make a flat donation and participate in the raffle. It was a great afternoon of snacks and drinks at the “pre-launch”, followed by releasing the rubber duckies to float down the canal, and ultimately meeting at the end to announce the winner. After the race, the community gathered for a BBQ dinner and bonfire, enjoyed time with friends and family, and getting to know Tyler. Originally, they had hoped to sell 50 ducks, but Tyler’s tribe showed up and they sold over 300 ducks. After a fun day of duck racing, community bonding and raising awareness, the Davis family and their community raised $2,246 for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation.