Bringing Up Down Syndrome with Manasota BUDS

On October 22nd the Sarasota Squad members of Guardians of Justice had the opportunity to attend the Manasota BUDS walk at Hunsaders Farm for the first time. Our organization was happy to being a Manasota Buds with Guardians of Justice 2016relationship with this group as we have spent two years participating in events with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida.

The Manasota BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome) organization, provides families with a neutral supportive forum for sharing and networking, and to promote understanding and acceptance of Down Syndrome. They host an annual walk to bring the community together and raise money for programs and services for the individuals/families that have Down Syndrome.

Event for a Great Cause: Drag Race for a Cure

Early in the morning on Saturday, September 24, 2016 Guardians of Justice members were given the opportunity to attend their very first event in coordination with local organization Drag Race for a Cure (DRC). The sun was blazing as everyone lined up to enter this awesome event! Horsepower was in great supply as Captain America, the Winter Soldier, Batman, Tinkerbell, Green Arrow and a Jedi Knight emerged to greet the gathering participants and spectators alike.

Stroll and Roll Supporting Center for Independent Living

Every fall, Center for Independent Living supporters and volunteers take critical steps to raise awareness for disability rights and inclusion in Guardians of Justice Stroll and Roll 2016Central Florida. This year, we were invited to join in walking for independence on September 17, 2016 at Harbor Park in Lake Baldwin.

Each step creates a new opportunity for individuals and families living with disabilities. Each step brings CIL closer to achieving its mission and continuing the life-changing work to make Central Florida a community where people of ALL abilities can live independently.

Fun & Sun at Kaikoa Beach Bash

Guardians of Justice recently traveled to Estero, FL for a fun-filled day at Kaikoa’s Beach Bash hosted by Salt Warriors, a Ft. Meyers non-profit organization. Salt Warriors “fight for local charities” by organizing fundraisers on their behalf to raise money for local families. This one in particular was for duel-charities, Caleb’s Crusade Against Childhood Cancer and The Kira Foundation.

Nestled on a beautiful piece of shoreline, beach bums came out to enjoy a warm sunny afternoon of music, food, and craft beer to party for a cause–raising funds for childhood cancer.

Laughs and Smiles Galore at BASE Camp Christmas in July Celebration!

The Guardians of Justice were out in full force for this year’s annual BASE Camp’s Christmas in July, event on Saturday, July 23rd. This year’s event included great food, music, dancing, gifts and bikes all around! The smiles and hugs that greeted ChristmasInJuly_2016_7our Guardians and the Smile Makers upon their arrival carried its own level of magic.

Our visiting Guardians were represented strongly with the ‘force’ by Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and an additional Jedi to help with the balance of good. While there were a few lightsaber battles, it was all in good fun for the kids.

Eustis Buddy Break Welcomes Guardians for First Visit

When we received the request to attend our first Buddy Break, we jumped at the chance! We have a long history of being involved with Nathaniel’s Hope and love what their Buddy Break program does for children and families.

Eustis Buddy Break Spiderman with FirefighterIn case you’re unaware, Buddy Break is a special place for very special people that they call VIPs. For families with special needs, their trained, certified, and background checked volunteers will care for your special needs child (VIP) and sibling for 3 hours on the third Saturday of each month. Each Buddy Break also has Nurses on duty for any issues that may arise from any medical condition.

Fun at 3rd Annual OaSN Best Outcomes Autism Walk

The weather on April 23rd simply could not have been better for the 3rd annual Outreach autism Services Network’s Best Outcomes Walk. Many gathered at Sholom Park in Ocala, FL to enjoy the walk and camaraderie, to be also greeted with four heroic images.

OaSN utilizes this Autism focused walk each year to help raise funds for their organization and to have a little extra fun. Outreach Autism Services Network Inc. ™, (formerly Ocala Autism Support Network), OASN, is a nonprofit agency founded May 12, 2011 offering free autism services to the community. OASN was founded to facilitate the BEST outcomes™ for individuals with autism through education seminars,

Guardians Enjoy Another Amazing Event with ASGO

On Saturday, April 9th characters from Guardians of Justice joined the Autism Society of Greater Orlando for their Autism Walk & Family Fun Day at the Orange County Convention Center. Participants in the 5K walk had to circle the North Concourse nine times (that’s a LOT!) to complete their pledges.

During opening ceremonies the Guardians were joined by puppeteers to listen as sponsors were thanked and awards were announced. The Orange County Sheriff’s office Honor Guard presented the colors as a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem was given by two young participants.

While the walk was in progress there were plenty of booths set up with activities,

JDRF One Walk to Raise Awareness & Funds for Type 1 Diabetes

Guardians of Justice join forces with JDRF Orlando Chapter for One Walk marathon raising funds and awareness for Type 1 Diabetes.

On March 5, 2016 Guardians of Justice members GoJ_JDRF Event 2016 (27)were given the opportunity to attend their very first event in coordination with the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) chapter for a fundraiser, contributing to a marathon hosted at UCF Memory Mall. The weather was absolutely perfect for a few of our pixie friends from Neverland to swoop in for a visit and spark some happy thoughts in the little ones who walked for a cure.

See a Hero, Be a Hero: Benefiting Muscular Dystrophy

Right next to the lawn mowers and across from the light bulbs isn’t usually where you’d expect to find a group of unlikely allies but on Saturday, February 27th at the Lowes of Auburndale, that was exactly where a few members of Guardians of Justice could be found. We were so happy to be invited back for our second See a Hero, Be a Hero event.

Lowes See a Hero, Be a Hero  MDA Feb 27 2016 024Joined by “Elsa of Auburndale” they spent the morning talking to, and posing for photos with, local patrons of the store. Darth Vader and Batman were definite hits among the employees,