2013-09-26 / Local & State

Buddy Walk Planned For October 19

The first annual Fulton County Buddy Walk will take place at McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co., October 19, 2013. More than 100 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.

The National Buddy Walk® Program is supported by Emmy-award winning Imagination Movers, who lend their talent by appearing in the new national public service announcement.

“Buddy Walks are fantastic events where smiles are shared, hugs are free, games are played and most importantly – footsteps are heard as we all walk together to support people with Down syndrome,” said Imagination Mover Scott Durbin.

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 alone, Buddy Walk® events raised more than $11.75 million to benefit national 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 Fulton County Buddy Walk® will feature various performances throughout the afternoon. Participants will also enjoy face painting, raffles and prizes. To learn more visit www.buddywalk.org, or contact Valerie Bivens with Ashlyn’s Angels.

The Fulton County Buddy Walk is hosted by Ashlyn’s Angels and sponsored by Fur Immer Farm, Team Luzier Trucking and many other local businesses.

The 2013 National Buddy Walk® Partners are Band About, Down Syndrome Footprint, GoodThreads, Imagination Movers, Knology, Signing Time, Vacation Roost and Woodbine House.

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