Families fight assumptions about Down Syndrome at annual 5K

LIVERPOOL (WSYR-TV) - Families gathered at the annual run, walk, dash and party for Gigi's playhouse on Saturday.

The walk raises money for programs that help people with Down Syndrome through education, therapy, and career training.

The water bottles and coffee mugs for sale at the 5K were designed and pressed by people with Down Syndrome.

Families and organizers of the run hope they're progress is challenging all the assumptions people may have about the condition.

<heather rodriguez, gigi's playhouse board president: "That individuals with down syndrome can't have meaningful relationships., that individuals with Down Syndrome can't read and have purposeful employment in their communities...these things are false. We're looking to break that," said Heather Rodriquez, the board president for Gigi's Playhouse in Cicero.

This is the sixth year of the run, with special appearances by spiderman and the Onondaga County Sheriffs Office.

Click here for more information about Gigi's Playhouse.

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