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Step Up for Down Syndrome happening this weekend

Posted at 7:49 AM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 07:49:30-04

BALTIMORE, md. — October is Down Syndrome awareness month and Saturday, October 10 is the 7th Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk. You may know it as the "Buddy Walk" but to promote social distancing, this year they modified the name.

The walk is a way to spread awareness about Down Syndrome and to raise money to help people in this community. Money raised from this walk goes directly to counseling and other programs for families as well as training for teachers. Their goal is $100,000 and as of Friday morning, they have just over $66,000.

There are about 2,000 people in central Maryland living with Down Syndrome. Typically, this event is a way for those families to come together. They usually meet every year at the Inner Harbor. This year everyone will be participating virtually, walking around their own neighborhoods. So maybe this event will spread a little more awareness since the event will be happening in so many different communities!

They are kicking off with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:30. Even though they can't physically be together, everyone will be joining in at the same time.

If you would like to donate or participate, just head over to stepupbaltimore.org.