After 20 years organizers of the Buddy Walk, that promotes acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome, recently stepped down leaving families in despair. That’s when GiGi’s Playhouse stepped up and proudly took over the walk as the new host.
Board of Presidents for GiGi’s playhouse, Heather Rodriguez said, “This is such an important event for families, for the community. Everybody’s welcome to join us where we celebrate our families, our friends and all the great things that are happening in the down syndrome community.”
Down syndrome self advocate Amy Cavallaro explained why the walk is important to her, “It means the world to me. It means that we’re actually part of a very big community,” said Cavallaro.
The event will remain the same as in previous years but with a few added “GiGi’s twists” according to Rodriguez. She said there are some surprises this year that can’t be mentioned just yet.
Registration for the walk is free and GiGi’s encourages everyone to come out support and learn about the local down syndrome community.
For more information visit gigisplayhouse.org/syracuse/buddy-walk.