Local boy bringing national spotlight to Down Syndrome

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We first introduced you to Mika and Hudson Hartman back in August, the mother and son who have overcome many obstacles to get where they are now.

It was the trip and experience of a lifetime in the Big Apple for one Ocean Springs family. Mika Hartman said, “Overwhelmingly beautiful, just the most fun that you could have in a cram packed weekend.”

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Mika and her son, Hudson, have returned from New York City where Hudson was the grand marshal of the National Down Syndrome Society’s 25th annual Buddy Walk. “We got to walk through Central Park and celebrate Down Syndrome.”

Over 2,000 people participated in this walk. Mika is thrilled her son had the chance to make an impact on so many lives. “He did. He totally stole the spotlight. We were seeing his face pop up all over the place, even in people’s profile pictures. So, we were just truly taking it all in.”

For the Hartman’s, this event was much more than just a walk, it was a way to raise awareness for Down Syndrome and connect with new people they now call family. “We got to meet our family. I shared with them that one day I hope that each of them call me ‘Aunt Mika’ and I truly, truly hope that. That is my biggest goal that each of them know me and that I can know them and that we can go through this life together.”



The local Buddy Walk will take place Saturday, October 19th in Gulfport. Beginning next month, News 25 will feature a new series called ‘Up with Downs,’ sponsored by Encore Rehabilitation.