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Our goal is to provide education, support and advocacy to those individuals, their friends, families, and professionals in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area that are blessed by Down syndrome. We hope that through our efforts, we can enhance the quality of life for all individuals with Down syndrome.
The Hawkeye Area Down Syndrome Association and the National Down Syndrome Society will be having its 3rd annual Buddy Walk on October 8, 2011 at the Veteran's Memorial Stadium inCedar Rapids,Iowa. This is our biggest event of the year. We are anticipating over 600 people from around the area to participate in the 1 mile walk and to enjoy food and games while promoting awareness for all people with Down syndrome. In addition, we raise funds to help local families with education, support, and advocacy.
The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 300 walks planned for 2010 worldwide. In 2009, more than $9.5 million was raised nationwide to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy and public awareness initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.
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