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'Buddy Walk' raises acceptance of Down syndrome

'Buddy Walk' raises acceptance of Down syndrome

by Danielle Touchette, Guest Blogger

KING5.com

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 5:13 PM

I have a daughter who is six years old and was born with trisomy 21, Down syndrome.

The Buddy Walk is held in October because it is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. It brings people from all over together to celebrate Down syndrome. I have heard about "the buddy walk" since she was a baby and we finally decided to be a part of it this year. 

We created Team Lola. I texted a few friends and asked if they would be interested in doing it with us. We had a goal of maybe 10-15 people in our hopes and a fundraiser goal of $250 for our first year. We ended up with a team of 33 people- kids, family and friends and raised $650 for NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society).

My heart was overwhelmed with the love and support for our family due to this event!  My hope is that through these events that raise awareness and money to support people like Lola, she will be able and accepted to be a productive part of our world.

 

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