Arc of Greater Beaumont Buddy Walk set for Oct. 26

Buddy Walk 2012

The Beaumont Buddy Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Beaumont Event Center, 700 Crockett St. in Beaumont.

The Arc of Greater Beaumont’s Beaumont Buddy Walk is one of over 250 Buddy Walk events planned in cities across the country this fall in and around October in celebration of Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

The Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. It is an inspirational and educational event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. Participants include, but are not limited to, people with Down syndrome, their families, friends, teachers, coworkers and other supporters. Anyone, with or without a direct connection to a member of the Down syndrome community, is welcome to attend.

The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome. Each year, the National Buddy Walk Program touches thousands of lives. When it began in 1995, there were Walks in 17 cities. This year, there are over 250 Buddy Walk events scheduled, with over 300,000 people expected to participate. Last year alone, Buddy Walk events raised more than $11.75 million to benefit local programs and services, and national advocacy initiatives. NDSS is committed to being the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

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