There’s nothing better than spending a Sunday afternoon with family and friends. In fact, I was raised to believe that Sundays were for worship and family. It’s a belief that I still value to this day. So, when I arrived at the Buddy Walk on Sunday, October 21, my heart smiled as I saw hundreds of families spending time together to show their support for a loved one living with Down syndrome.
In 1995, the National Down Syndrome Society developed the Buddy Walk to promote acceptance and awareness of people with Down syndrome. There were more than 2,500 participants in this year’s walk including more than 100 teams composed of family members, friends and neighbors. Together, these participants filled the lawn of Reunion Ranch in Georgetown and walked to promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
Prior to the walk, teams raised funds to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas, which provides education, support and resources to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, professionals and the community.
But, on this day and at this event, it was a time to celebrate! The event featured a 1-mile walk, a variety of activities that family and friends could enjoy and plenty of entertainment.
Individuals with Down syndrome were the namesakes of walk teams. And, like any team event, there’s always team spirit and pride to display. There were posters, signs and banners with team names, photos of the namesakes and heartfelt messages. The team spirit was incredible because underneath it all was love.