Parish boy’s picture helps light up Times Square _lowres

Photo provided by Samantha Schenk -- This photo of Jeffery Gauge Travis, of Livingston, appeared in the bright lights of Broadway on Sept. 19, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation.

A photo of a Livingston Parish boy playing in the mud was one of more than 450 included in a video shown in Times Square as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation.

Jeffery Gauge Travis, of Livingston, appeared on the bright lights of Broadway on Sept. 19 in the video that featured photographs highlighting children, teens and adults with Down syndrome, a news release said.

The photo of Gauge was selected from more than 2,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos.

Gauge is pictured doing what he loves to do most, playing in a mud puddle. Gauge is the son of Lynnsie Taylor and Tyler Travis and big brother to Judson Dayne Travis.

Luke Strohmeyer, of Ponchatoula, also was included in the presentation.

Luke is pictured with his younger sister, Nora.

The Times Square Video presentation kicked off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The video presentation was followed by the 21st Annual Flagship Buddy Walk in New York City.

The National Down Syndrome Society is a nonprofit organization with more than 375 affiliates nationwide representing over 400,000 Americans who have Down syndrome, the release said.

The mission of NDSS is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of welcoming communities.

For information, visit www.ndss.org.