Hundreds Attend Waco's 3rd Annual Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome

(KCEN) – On Sunday hundreds of people from across central Texas made their way to Baylor's track for the 3rd Annual Buddy Walk for Down syndrome.

The main goal of the day – besides having fun – was to bring awareness to children and families living with Down syndrome.

"A lot of people don't understand what it means. They hear Down syndrome and tend to think all children cannot function," Kim Scott said. "They're like any typical child. Sometimes they're a bit delayed and a bit behind, but with inclusion they do very well. So, it's just about educating people."

Kim's eight-year-old daughter Krissa has Down syndrome. But having a "label" doesn't stop her from enjoying life and being … well a typical eight-year-old.

"I'm having fun, and making friends," Krissa said right before the walk started.

About 300 people attended this year's Buddy Walk, walking to support their children and buddies with Down syndrome.  In addition to the walk, bounce houses, inflatable games and food, there were informational booths to help parents and families who have special needs children.

"I just want everyone to give these kids a chance. Don't listen to the label Down syndrome. That means nothing anymore," Kim said. "They can learn, they can perform, and they can do anything they want to just like any other typical child. They just need the chance and to be given the opportunity."

Part of the proceeds raised during the walk goes back to support groups and the Heart of Texas Down Syndrome Network.


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