The Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso partnered with EPCC to raise over $33,000 at the 10th annual Buddy Walk and 5k Run.
Over 1,500 runners and walkers came together on Oct. 5 to raise funds for Down syndrome awareness and scholarships for students with disabilities.
Photo courtesy DSCEP FACEBOOK page
The Buddy Walk happens every October, which just happens to be the Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
The DSCEP was pleased to announce that this was their biggest turn out to date, almost reaching their goal of raising $35,000.
The Buddy Walk happens every October, which just happens to be Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The event held at Valle Verde is one of over 250 Buddy Walks that are held all over the world.
According to their website the program started in 1995 and was created by the National Down Syndrome
Society “to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with Down syndrome.”
The event was kicked off with a 5k run around the Valle Verde campus, followed by the one-mile walk that went along the same route. Participants got the opportunity to form teams and try the raise the most money. More than 50 teams entered to raise money for the big day hoping to receive the honor of highest donor.
Each team is created in honor of a child with Down syndrome by a parent or loved one. In the end Evelyn’s Entourage, who had been a part of the walk for the past eight years, took home the gold raising $6,000.
Teams came together by wearing matching shirts, decorating wagons and holding signs to show their pride for their team.
EPCC cheerleaders performed and danced as children joined enjoying the fun filled morning.
At the event people got the opportunity to enjoy fun activities and grab a bite to eat, while spreading awareness.
Attendees with Down syndrome, affectionately known and “buddies,” and children all got a medal for their participation at the event.
EPCC marketing director Jim Heiney and Sarge Preston from 92.3 The Fox both received an award in recognition for the hard work they have put into the DSCEP over the past 10 years. Preston has been MC for the Buddy Walk since the very beginning.
The 2019 Buddy walk held by the DSCEP was a huge success in the end.
Though they did not reach the goal they had in mind, the group strives to continue holding a Buddy Walk every year and spread awareness about Down syndrome.