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Annual Buddy Walk Raises Down Syndrome Awareness

By Amanda Myers, Point Park News Service

The Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh’s annual Buddy Walk was held at Highmark Stadium on Sunday.

There were about 2,000 people in attendance, who were both pre-registration and on-site registered according to marketing coordinator Ian Szejko. He also said attendance this year was higher than last year.

There were teams of people who were united by the cause, encouraged by past efforts and those of today that give those with Down syndrome the best possible care. Participants wore t-shirts to represent someone in their family who has Down syndrome.

The walk took place around the stadium after initial opening announcements. The president of the organization and other members of the team accepted a $150,000 check based on an estimated total raised for the event.

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