Down Syndrome Advocates in Action Host 8th Annual Walk of Friends
LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska) — A Nebraska nonprofit held its annual Friends Walk at Lincoln’s Gateway Mall Saturday to spread awareness about Down Syndrome.
According to Deb Shafarik, president of Down Syndrome Advocates in Action, one in 700 children is born with Down Syndrome.
On Saturday, the organization hosted its eighth annual Walk of Friends. It is always held the week before March 21, which is World Down Syndrome Day. Safarik said the walk is a great event for families to get together.
“I think it makes a difference, especially for families, so that siblings can say, ‘Because my brother or sister has Down Syndrome, I can be part of this really fun activity,’” Safarik said.
Safarik said the walk proves to the community that people with Down syndrome have so much to offer the world.
The event ran from 9am to noon on Saturday and included giveaways, merchandise, snacks and a place to gather with friends and family. Guests could walk around the mall as far and as long as they wanted. The event raised about $7,000 for the organization with a $10,000 goal.
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