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Upside Down Club presents "Buddy Walk" to promote down syndrome awareness

By Kelly Killian, Kelly Killian, kkillian@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 11 2012 08:44:20 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 11 2012 09:26:15 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

The Upside Down Club is presenting its first Buddy Walk on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Susan Pate, her daughter Hannah, Dee Dee Baker, and her son Bryson visited KTXS This Morning on Thursday to talk about Buddy Walk.

Buddy Walk allows area down syndrome support groups to get together and show support for those living with down syndrome. 

Buddy Walk goes from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Satuday, Oct. 13.  It will be held at the Wylie Baptist Church at 6097 Buffalo Gap Rd. It is a free event for all who attend.

Besides the actual walk, there will be many other activities for families to participate in. There will be face painting, a visit from the Chick-fil-A cow, KONA ice, train rides, photo opportunites, pony rides, a jump house, and a fire truck. Music will be provided by J.B. Cloud from 99.7. 

The Upside Down Club is a down syndrome support group. The West Texas Rehab Center and the National Down Syndrome Society are also sponsoring Buddy Walk.

Down Syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. There are over 400,000 people with down syndrome in just the United States. About one of every 691 babies born in the U.S. is born with Down Syndrome.

For more information, visit the Buddy Walk website.