I’ve got a really huge soft spot in my heart for the beautiful people who live with Down Syndrome and so I'm excited to tell you that there’s an event coming up which aims to help promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

People think that Down syndrome is an extremely rare genetic disorder, but the truth is that one in every 691 babies born in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome the most common genetic condition. Down Syndrom really isn't as rare as you might think. Approximately 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome and nearly 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year.

In 1995, the Buddy Walk® was established by the National Down Syndrome Society and in 2013, the Buddy Walk® was ranked among the top 30 fundraising events nationwide by the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum. What's more is that the Buddy Walk® ranked number 30 for money raised, number 13 for the number of events and number seven for the number of participants.

The Down Syndrome Information Network of the Southern Tier of New York is hosting their Annual Buddy Walk® on Saturday, September 19th at Highland Park in Endwell and they invite you to join them to raise awareness about those with Down Syndrom who live and work right here in our community.

The 20th Annual Buddy Walk will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at lower Highland Park in Endwell. Registration will be held the day of the walk at 11:30 a.m. with the walk stepping off at 12:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, plus a canned good for CHOW and includes a t-shirt, games for the kids, food, and more!

[via Global Down Syndrome Foundation/National Down Syndrome Society/Southern Tier Buddy Walk]