Broadway bound

Brooke O’Brien of Milford will appear on Broadway on Saturday, Sept. 26, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s video production to demonstrate that people with Down syndrome can be successfully included in community activities, education and employment.

The photo of Brooke, who has Down syndrome, was selected from over 2,500 entries in the NDSS nationwide call for photos. Approximately 226 photographs will appear in a video production to be shown on the MTV Plasma screen, located in the heart of Times Square.

Brooke is pictured celebrating her gold medal win at the New Hampshire Special Olympics Basketball State Tournament held in Portsmouth in April 2008.

The video production, coordinated by NDSS, illustrates children, teens and adults with Down syndrome working, playing and learning with friends and family.

The Times Square video production kicks off National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, which includes the 2009 Buddy Walk.

This year, walks will be held in more than 275 cities across the country, as well as many international walks.

John C. McGinley, who plays Dr. Perry Cox in the hit ABC show “Scrubs,” is the 2009 National Buddy Walk Spokesman. Mr. McGinley is both an accomplished actor and the proud father of Max, his 11-year-old son who has Down syndrome.

The New York City Buddy Walk will be led by Mr. McGinley and NDSS Goodwill Ambassador Chris Burke, star of the long-running ABC series, “Life Goes On.”

For information about National Down Syndrome Awareness Month or the NDSS Buddy Walk, visit or call (800) 221-4602.