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Omaha baby's photo to be featured in Times Square for Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Herman Elroy Shields III has been chosen by the National Down Syndrome Society to be featured in Times Square. (Photo courtesy: Rachel Curry)

An Omaha baby will be featured in Times Square later this month to help kick off Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Herman Elroy Shields III will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Sept. 16, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society's annual Times Square Video presentation.

Shields was born May 4 of this year.

The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, with the goal of reminding the world in a very big way of the contributions and milestones of people with Down syndrome.

These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

The photo of Shields, who has Down syndrome, was selected from over 2,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos.

Almost 500 photographs will appear in the video, which will be shown in the heart of Times Square.

The Times Square Video presentation kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October.

The video presentation will be followed by the 23rd Annual Flagship Buddy Walk in New York City.

This year, Buddy Walk events will be held in more than 275 cities across the country, as well as select international locations, in and around October with over 325,000 people participating around the globe.

For information about the NDSS Buddy Walk Program, visit www.buddywalk.org or call 800-221-4602.

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