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The 11th annual Buddy Walk returns to Burlington

Published: Sep. 26, 2021 at 8:07 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2021 at 11:11 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Sunday in Burlington dozens of families walked hand in hand to benefit programs for people with Down syndrome.

The 11th annual Buddy Walk is one of 250 National Down Syndrome Society walks across the country happening this fall.

The event is meant to raise awareness and funds to support activities run by the Champlain Valley Down Syndrome Group, like summer camp and dance workshops.

Organizers also hope to send a message ahead of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, which is October.

“It’s great for people to see that folks with Down syndrome are just like everybody else and should be aware that they should be fully included in everything as teammates, as classmates, as workmates, as friends. And this just helps this cause,” said Joe McNamara of the Buddy Walk committee.

There are around 80 families involved in the Champlain Valley Down Syndrome Group.

Organizers say folks in the community look forward to this event every year, having fun with people who share similar experiences.

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