KNOXVILLE (WATE) – World’s Fair Park hosted the 20th annual Knoxville Buddy Walk Sunday, where hundreds of people walked to raise Down Syndrome awareness.
The Buddy Walk featured music, dancing and plenty of prizes for participants.
The goals of the walk were to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to positively influence local and national policy and practice.
“I feel like awareness is much more widespread than it used to be,” said Angie Holbert with Down syndrome awareness group of East Tennessee. “There’s a lot of people that still see our kiddos as different and they’re really not any different. I think you can always have more awareness than what you do.”
Knoxville’s walk is just one of many across the nation. Last year, Buddy Walk events raised more than $11.75 million toward Down syndrome programs.