Buddy Walk to raise awareness for Down syndromeWritten by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo (DSAGT) will celebrate National Down Syndrome Month as it has since 1995.
The annual DSAGT Buddy Walk will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at The Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St. in Maumee. The one-mile walk is in recognition of the achievements and abilities of the people with Down syndrome.
“It’s our day to raise awareness and advocate for people with Down syndrome,” said Lindsay Maier, vice president of the board for DSAGT. “I really think it helps just spread the word to the community that our children and our individuals are more like typical people than they are different. We’re just trying to spread the word to get them included in schools and in everyday life and just encourage acceptance from the community.”
One in every 691 babies is born with Down syndrome. Maier became involved with the program shortly after her son, Derrick, was born. Derrick has Down syndrome.
The event will also include activities beginning at noon. Participants will have opportunities to win cash and other prizes in a raffle.
The event is sponsored by the National Down Syndrome Society, a nonprofit organization representing more than 400,000 Americans with Down syndrome. Last year, more than $11 million was raised from Buddy Walk programs to benefit national education and advocacy initiatives concerning Down syndrome.
DSAGT provides current information concerning Down syndrome locally and provides educational materials for hospitals to provide to parents. It also hosts educational readiness seminars for parents and teachers.
For more information and to register, visit kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1081242. Those who register will receive a shirt. Adult registration costs $15 and children are $8.
Maier said donations for the cause are appreciated, but not required.
For more information, visit www.dsagt.org.