Chris Bly Announced as Buddy Walk Grand Marshall

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Chris Bly Announced as Buddy Walk Grand Marshall

Screen Shot 2016-08-13 at 9.19.11 PMChris Bly, 33, is a 2005 graduate of Homestead High School. He has worked for 11 years as a front end employee for Kroger. He also volunteers weekly for Lutheran Hospital, working in the cafeteria.

Chris loves all sports, with basketball, baseball and bowling being his favorites. He has played Winter Basketball and Summer Little League Baseball in the Challenger Division for 20 plus years. He enjoys meeting up with his friends on Wednesdays at a local bowling alley where they bowl a couple of games. Chris has been active in Indiana Special Olympics since the age of eight, winning numerous medals and ribbons for track and field at both the local and state levels.

He is a member of the Jesters of St. Francis, a local theater group; and has been performing for the past 18 years. Chris also enjoys attending dances and numerous activities with DSANI, Benchmark and ARC. When he has spare time, Chris enjoys playing video games, watching his endless collection of movies and going to concerts. He is a HUGE country music fan! Chris lives in Southwest Fort Wayne with his mother, Tammy, brother Tyler and his dog, Marlin.

Join us on September 10th for the 18th Annual Buddy Walk at Parkview Field! For more information and to register for the Buddy Walk, CLICK HERE.

DSANI Leaders Attended Buddy Walk on Washington

DSANI’s Executive Director Shelley Yoder, Advocacy Chair Uriel Castillo, and Programs Chair Kathy Whiteman attended the 2016 NDSS Buddy Walk on Washington April 11th-12th in our nation’s caiptol. They met with numerous Congressmen and/or staff regarding new NDSS legislative initiatives as well as asking each member to join the “Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome.”… Continue Reading

Two Simple Ways to Support DSANI

Do you shop at either Kroger or If so, there are a couple of easy ways that you can “give back” to DSANI each time you make a purchase at one of these two retailers! To use the Kroger Community Rewards Program: Go to, and sign in to your account as usual. If you… Continue Reading

Strider Bike Lending Program

This is a great way to try out a Strider bike, before investing in one for your child! One of our DSANI moms, Crystal Hunter, is offering the opportunity to other DSANI families to borrow a Strider balance bike to see if it may be a good “fit” for a family member who happens to have… Continue Reading

We’ve Moved!

The DSANI office is now located at: Turnstone 3320 N. Clinton Street Fort Wayne, IN  46805    Please note that the mailing address will remain the same at:  DSANI, PO Box 13611, Fort Wayne, IN  46865 We’re excited to be located at Turnstone, as we hope this location will be more central for our families.  Turnstone is also… Continue Reading