Families walk to celebrate chromosomal differences

PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) – Families in eastern North Carolina took advantage of the blustery weather on Sunday by marching to celebrate differences and raising money for Down syndrome awareness.

The North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance held its annual Buddy Walk, hoping to raise $15,000 for the organization.

Christina Reaves has helped organize this event in Greenville for the past five years and said the walk was special because children with Down syndrome don’t always have the chance to interact with their peers without social pressure on them. embarrassed.

“It’s the only time of the year when all our families come together. It’s a community. It’s a welcome home ceremony,” Reaves said. “Anyone can come see each other, you know, people with Down syndrome can come see each other and other people.”

Although it might be advertised as a walk, Reaves says it’s much more.

“It’s only a quarter mile walk. Here in the back of the fields, we’ve lined it with pictures of people with Down syndrome and it’s just a celebration,” Reaves said. “We want everyone to come out and enjoy the day.”

There were lots of other activities for the kids besides the walk, including playing with farm animals and on a playground.

In North Carolina, one in 826 babies is born with Down syndrome.

The diagnosis is the most common chromosomal condition in the United States.

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