Saturday in Boise, the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association will be holding the annual Buddy Walk. 844 walkers on 59 teams are currently registered for the walk that starts at Capitol Park in Boise at 11 a.m. (For registration information, visit the Idaho Press Tribune website).
The Buddy Walk was organized in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Down Syndrome Awareness Month takes place every October. The Buddy Walk raises funds for local organizations like the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association and promotes tolerance, acceptance, understanding and inclusion of Down Syndrome people.
If you have a beautiful person in your life who has Down Syndrome, the Buddy Walk is a great opportunity to celebrate that person and what they mean in your life. And if you, like me, had the privilege of loving a Down Syndrome family member or friend who has since passed, but has left a deep impression on your heart, support the Buddy Walk and join the millions of Americans who appreciate these special souls for everything they bring to our lives.