WARREN - Those responsible for putting together the 2013 Buddy Walk wanted to convey a message of education and inclusion.
For the seventh consecutive year, Perkins Park played host today to the Buddy Walk, which is a one-mile walk to raise awareness for children and adults with Down syndrome. The event also included a "kids zone" featuring games and activities for kids, a live deejay, face painting and a Chinese auction.
Liberty resident Cheryl Armstrong and her children were among the crowd, hoping to educate people about Down syndrome. Armstrong has adopted seven special-needs children.
"It's really great that you can have such a wonderful support system," Armstrong said. "People on the outside are sometimes afraid, but I think it's just a matter of not understanding and not being educated when it comes to people with disabilities. That's what we try to do."
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