Down Syndrome Network of WV to Host 18th Annual Buddy Walk


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Charleston, WV – The 18th Annual DSNWV Buddy Walk® will take place at the State Capitol Complex on September 21, 2019. More than 500 people are expected to attend the event, which is one of over 250 Walks across the country this fall to raise awareness and funds for programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. “Collectively, the Down syndrome community is stronger and more unified, when we speak with one voice, and as a community, we are breaking down barriers across all levels of government like never before,” said NDSS President Sara Hart Weir. “This is our chance to show the world the amazing accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome – people with Down syndrome are living longer, healthier and productive lives, attending post-secondary education programs, getting married, obtaining gainful employment, and are more integrated into the fabric of society than ever before.”

The National 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, over $14.2 million dollars was raised by 330,000 Buddy Walk® participants worldwide to benefit national education and advocacy initiatives, as well as local programs and services.

All funds raised through the National Buddy Walk Program support both local and national programs.

The DSNWV Buddy Walk will feature a day full of fun including bounce houses, face painting, balloon art, crafts, carnival games, live DJ, food, and more! Participants will also enjoy interacting with local organizations including first responders, school bus safety demonstrations, educational opportunities, and networking with other families and resources.

To learn more, visit, or contact Ashley Orndorff at DSNWV: 304-545-6613.

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The mission of the DSNWV is to enhance the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome by providing information, resources and support to families and professionals and by promoting awareness and acceptance of individuals with Down Syndrome.

About NDSS

The National Down Syndrome Society is a nonprofit organization representing the approximately 400,000
Americans who have this genetic condition. NDSS is committed to being the national advocate for the
value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. To learn more about NDSS, visit

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