ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Buddy Walk was created by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
Last year in Albuquerque, 600 New Mexicans walked to raise more than $24,000 to advance the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network’s mission. The local walk is being held in conjunction with the Carnuel Road Parade and Fiesta which has drawn, historically, nearly 3,000 marchers, vendors and visitors.
Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring genetic condition. Individuals with Down syndrome have an extra, critical portion of the number 21 chromosome present in all, or some, of their cells. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.
The Buddy Walk in Albuquerque will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday. For more information, visit the Buddy Walk website.