El Paso Buddy Walk Raises Awareness During Down Syndrome Awareness Month
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – In honor of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso (DSCEP) has partnered with the EPCC to host the annual Campus Buddies Walk of the EPCC Valle Verde on Saturday October 15th.
The walk raised funds for the DSCEP, the EPCC Buddy Walk Scholarship for Students with Disabilities, and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). Around 800 participants took part in the fun walk and activities. A few invited celebrities joined the march, such as Evan Vourazeris, star of the hit Netflix series Ozark, Mrs. Texas Earth, Vanessa Tena and Chico of the El Paso Chihuahuas. Celebrities met fans and presented medals to children. The DSCEP El Paso Buddy Walk is one of 250 walks nationwide.
Down syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that occurs in one in 700 births in the United States. The NDSS is the national advocate for the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome as valued members of the community.