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EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. - More than 400 people wearing shirts and carrying signs walked a mile in East Fishkill Sunday, all to support down syndrome awareness month.
The walk, hosted by the Hudson Valley Down Syndrome association, is part of a national initiative to bring local families together and raise awareness to the genetic disorder.
“Our son Lucas has Down Syndrome and it’s opened up a whole new world for us” said parents Dominick and Ashley.
They as well as their entire family walked the mile, showing their support of their 2 year old son Lucas.
“Events like these just help bring families together” said Dominick, “and realize that Down Syndrome children and people are human just like us.”
Where future help from the association, could be greatly impacted, All due to the government shutdown.
“While our budgeting comes generally from regional and state funding sources, as the federal government stops subsidizing state budgets, state budgets will begin to suffer and we will as well” said President of the Hudson Valley Down Syndrome Association, Courtney McDermott.
Help many parents and special need children, rely on.
“We have kids here that are on Medicate” said McDermott, “that will eventually start to trickle down and also any federal subsidies to the state initiates will start to trickle down as well.”
But for Ashley and Dominick, one thing remains true.
“He’s a blessing, not a burden” says Dominick.