The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) is an American organization that offers support to people with Down syndrome and their families.
The society established 'Buddy Walk' in 1995 to celebrate Down syndrome awareness month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
The 16th Annual Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk will be held in August 21 in Colorado Springs.
The event, which is sponsored in part by FOX21 News, will be emceed by FOX21 morning anchor Craig Coffey.
The Buddy Walk is also supported nationally by the local level by parent support groups such as the CSDSA, schools and other organizations and individuals.
Since inception, the Buddy Walk program has grown from 17 walks to more than 300 across the country and around the world.
Last year, over 250,000 people participated in a Buddy Walk. They raised more than $9.5 million to benefit local programs and services as well as the national advocacy initiatives that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.