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Longview hosts Down Syndrome buddy walk

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

Longview hosted an annual event that brings awareness to the fullness of life that can be achieved for some very special people in our community. Those with Down Syndrome.

"Its really neat and its a great day just to celebrate our kids and how more alike they are than different," says Travis Bunger, the father of a Down Syndrome child. 

Organizers held the 12th-annual Buddy Walk of East Texas for the East Texas Down Syndrome Group at Longview's Teague Park.  The walk raises funds for the national downs syndrome society to offer services and support.

"Fantastic, they enjoy themselves and we're pleased to be a part of it," says volunteer Fred Consatine.

"In my heart is feels good to give back to the community but also to give back to theses children that have these unique abilities they're just wonderful children," says event supporter Jeremy Cuba.

"I love this event, I think everybody has a wonderful time here , and I love being part of it," says Rachael Connor, who has Down Syndrome herself.

Over 350,000 people in the United States have Down Syndrome. Money raised goes to benefit programs and services for Down Syndrome.

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