Chris Burke Rings NASDAQ Bell for World Down Syndrome Day

March 18, 2008 Kyron No Comments

burke nasdaq Chris Burke Rings NASDAQ Bell for World Down Syndrome Day

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Chris Burke (also known as Corky from the TV Series, “Life Goes On”) helps the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) kicks off the celebration of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st by presiding over the closing bell.

The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to realize their life aspirations. NDSS is committed to being the national leader in enhancing the quality of life, and realizing the potential of all people with Down syndrome.

The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through national leadership in education, research and advocacy. For more information please visit http://www.ndss.org.

Ok I loved Chris Burke years ago in Life Goes On. I loved the fact that this family seemed pretty real – far more real than the Huxtables seemed to me. Real and I think what I really loved about it was that in some small way it tried to give America a look at poeple who mainstream television don’t “show” – the disabled. This show showed Corky (Chris Burke’s character) as a kid who was a part of a family who had problems – his problems were not that much different than any other teen entering high school. Fitting in, finding himself, dealing with siblings and the like.

Really our kids all face those issues, just happens that they do it at the same time as dealing with some other issues that “mainstreamers” wouldn’t have to face – seizures, learning disabilities, heart conditions – whatever issues your special child faces. Too bad there aren’t more shows being developed willing to show that type of vision. Too bad there aren’t more major stations willing to take a chance on something like that – THAT’s what “reality TV” should be – something that mirrors reality. Chris Burke and Life Goes On actually got reality tv right. It was great to see him out there yesterday. He reminded me what I missed on network tv these days.

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