SAVANNAH, Ga. People from all over the world gathered Saturday morning in Forsyth Park to make a statement for the downs syndrome community.
Close to 5,000 participated in the 11th annual Buddy Walk hosted by the Lowcountry Downs Syndrome Society.
The walk was started in honor of Lainey Bogardus, 12, who has downs syndrome. Saturday was also the celebration of Lainey’s twelfth birthday.
Her mom, Candy Bogardus, is the president of LDSS and stressed the importance of the greater community coming together and accepting those with downs and other disabilities.
“In order for us to be able to change the perspective of people to see people with down syndrome as different we need to make sure that they see them as as the same as everyone else that they’re just as much as part of the community as everyone else is,” she said.
After the walk people enjoyed a fall festival open to the public.
Bogardus said the event hopes to raise between 40 and 50 thousand dollars for LDSS.
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