You may not know Phillip Thelin, but if you’ve been to a Puget Sound Buddy Walk in recent years you know his talent. He’s the awesome bagpiper who has led the walk around the Seattle Center for years. His grandfather, Bill Ross, was the first to start this tradition at the original Puget Sound Buddy Walk, and now Phillip continues the legacy his family started. We wanted to get to know the man with the bagpipes so we decided to ask him a few questions:
What do you think of when someone says DSC? I think of the friends I have met through the DSC over the years. I met them when I was young and still stay in touch with them. It has given me opportunities to advocate. I remember putting together New Parent packets with friends at my house and then distributing them with Miss Kitty.
What is your favorite activity that the DSC puts on? The Sweetheart Dance and the Buddy Walk. I am ready to lead the walk on Sunday! (We interviewed Phillip prior to the Puget Sound Buddy Walk on October 2nd.)
What is your favorite activity outside of the DSC? Seattle sports teams. I love the Seattle Storm. I also enjoy playing sports with friends and listening to and playing music, especially Scottish music.
What do you want people to know about you? I am very active and caring. I want to make things better for all people with special needs.
What do you want people to know about Down syndrome? It is a part of who I am, but I am also a whole lot more. Down syndrome does not limit me!
Thank you, Phillip, for sharing your talents with the thousands of people who attend the Puget Sound Buddy Walk each year (and those around the Seattle Center campus). We are lucky to have you as a self-advocate, leader, and friend to many!