Buddy Walk Raises Awareness for Down Syndrome

By Jared Mandel

September 17, 2012 Updated Sep 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The 15th annual Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome marched on Sunday afternoon.

Hundreds came out to Otsiningo Park for the walk to show their support.

With everything from face painting to interactive booths, the community enjoyed the day's events.

Organizers say their goal was to raise community awareness for Down Syndrome and to have fun at the same time.

"People with Down Syndrome or developmental disabilities don't choose to be how they are and have the challenges that they have, but when you see somebody who looks different they're just an individual like anybody else," said Julye Busch.

"They love to dance and they love to have fun," said Kathy Devine, President of The Down Syndrome Society. "You'll see everybody partying and dancing to the music. It's just a fun day for everybody."

The walk was led by young supporters as hundreds followed behind.