Tallahassee, FL (Press Release) –
The Fifth Annual Down Syndrome Association of Tallahassee (DSAT) Buddy Walk will take place this Saturday, September 11 in the SouthWood Town Center. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event, which raises awareness and funds for programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families.
This year in particular, marks the return of some great talent who support the Buddy Walk by appearing in the PSA, including Nancy O’Dell, Chris Burke, Albert Pujols and Meredith Vieira, among others.
“I am honored to lend my voice to this important PSA as both a journalist and a mom. Having lived with challenges in my own family, I have learned that the greatest disability of all is misunderstanding and ignorance”, said Today Co-Anchor Meredith Vieira.
The Buddy Walk Program welcomes participants of all ages and abilities. The goals of the program are to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to positively influence local and national policy and practice. Last year alone, Buddy Walk events raised more than $10 million to benefit national education and advocacy initiatives, as well as local programs and services. All funds raised through the Buddy Walk support both local and national programs.
The DSAT Buddy Walk will feature a performance by the FAMU Marching 100 percussion section and an autograph session with the FSU Men’s basketball team. Participants will also enjoy activities including bounce houses, games, and a dunk tank. The DSAT Buddy Walk is one of more than 275 Buddy Walks taking place in cities across the country and in select international locations this fall to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. To learn more, visit the links below.
My Great Story, the National Down Syndrome Society’s public awareness campaign, features a section exclusively devoted to the Buddy Walk. All participants are encouraged to submit their stories. Visit http://ndss.org/stories to view the collection and add your own Buddy Walk story.
The 2010 DSAT Buddy Walk is presented by Tallahassee Neurological Clinic and many supporting sponsors including the Florida Lottery. National partners include Regal Entertainment Group, Knology, Okobos and The Brad Hennefer Gold for Life Foundation.
The full press release is attached above.