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Six-year old Fallbrook boy to be in lights on Broadway

NEW YORK – Joshua Hayek, 6, of Fallbrook will appear in lights on Broadway on Saturday, September 25, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s (NDSS) video production to demonstrate that people with Down syndrome can be successfully included in community activities, education and employment.

The photo of Hayek, who has Down syndrome, was selected from over 1,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. Approximately 225 photographs will appear in a video production to be shown on the larger-than-life MTV plasma screen, located in the heart of Times Square.

In the photograph, Hayek, a first grader at William Frazier Elementary School, is pictured at the beach playing with his brothers, Aidan, a fifth grader, Quinn, a kindergarten student, and sister Kate, 4, a preschool student. Los Angeles-based artist Jay Kelly snapped the picture and created an original collage that can be seen at

The video presentation, produced 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 2010 Buddy Walk®. This year, walks will be held in more than 275 cities across the country, as well as many international walks.

For information about National Down Syndrome Awareness Month or the NDSS Buddy Walk®, visit or call (800)



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