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EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. - Hundreds of people showed up to walk in East Fishkill Sunday to show their support for Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
The 5th annual Buddy Walk featured more than 400 people who walked a mile inside the East Fishkill Recreation Center.
The event was run by the Hudson Valley Down Syndrome Association.
But it's part of a national initiative to bring local families together, to raise awareness.
Courtney McDermott with the Hudson Valley Down Syndrome Association said, “A huge part of this event is to get our name out there, so that people know there’s a huge thriving and joyful community of people with down syndrome like my daughter and others like her so just knowing that were here and that were really looking for our kids to be included and at the end of the day that’s what we’re hoping for.”
Officials with the walk said it was the biggest turnout since it started five years ago.