Over 300,000 Americans across the country are expected to walk this year in support of Down syndrome awareness
The Family & Friends Down Syndrome Association of Niagara Inc., a licensed local affiliate of The National Down Syndrome Society, announces the 20th annual Buddy Walk of Buffalo-Niagara will take place in the family-oriented Niagara County Peach Festival parade on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend this local walk, which is one of nearly 300 such events across the country. Advance registration is encouraged and can be placed online at www.dsaniagara.org. On-site registration will take place at 9 a.m. and closes promptly at 10:30 a.m.
The State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will provide a trolley car ride again this year, free of charge, for all who wish to join and cannot, and for those who do not wish to walk.
The Buddy Walk of Buffalo-Niagara will offer all participants ages 21 and under a limited number of free Peach Festival ride tickets, as well as a pizza lunch following the event.
The Buddy Walk of Buffalo-Niagara is held to raise positive awareness about Down syndrome, while making strides toward the acceptance, value and inclusion for all people living with Down syndrome.
The Family & Friends Down Syndrome Association of Niagara Inc. welcomes participants of all ages and abilities.
Last year alone, Buddy Walk events raised more than $13 million to benefit national education and advocacy initiatives, as well as local programs and services. All funds raised through the National Buddy Walk program support both local and national programs.
The Buddy Walk of Buffalo-Niagara supports and upholds all governance of the National Down Syndrome Society, and any monies raised locally are directed toward Western New York families.
The NDSS, formed in 1979, is a leading nonprofit organization representing approximately 400,000 Americans who have this genetic condition. NDSS is committed to being the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. To learn more about NDSS, visit www.ndss.org.