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Buddy Walk Event Sets Record for Funds Raised

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BUDDY WALK HELD TO RAISE AWARENESS OF DOWN SYDROME
Cool Weather Cannot Keep ‘Walkers’ Away, Event Sets Record for Funds Raised
 
The 2009 Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan (DSAWM) Buddy Walk took place this morning at Millennium Park.  More than 1,000 people attended the event, raising $80,000 for local programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families.  The event broke previous records for funds raised by the West Michigan affiliate.
 
The Walk, held in West Michigan since 1996, aims to raise awareness and acceptance of people with Down syndrome while offering support to families with children.
 
“Today was an incredible day of celebration with friends who want to raise awareness, raise money and raise the hope of a better world for all people with Down syndrome,” said Nancy Brozek, Executive Director of the DSAWM.  “Once again, the overwhelming support of the West Michigan community has shined through.”
 
Each year, the Buddy Walk touches thousands of lives. When it began in 1995, there were Walks in 17 cities. This year, more than 275 Buddy Walk events are scheduled nationally and around the world, the majority held in October during National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, with more than 250,000 people expected to participate.
 

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