SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – October is Down Syndrome Awareness month and people gathered in Schenectady to hold a Buddy Walk in honor on the cause.
NEWS10 ABC's own Christina Arangio attended the 17th Annual Capital Region Buddy Walk in Central Park on Sunday, a cause that is very close to Christina. She is walking on behalf of her 4-year-old son Luke, and has created Team Luke, a personal fundraising site that has surpassed their goal of $750.
Hundreds turned out for Sunday's one mile walk raising money for the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center in Albany.
"We want people to understand that our children can reach for the stars," said Christina. "That there is so much they can accomplish in today's day of age. They can walk, talk, they can run and jump. They are potty trained when they are little, they can go to school and be in a mainstream classroom."
According to the Center for Disability Services in NY, 1 in 691 babies is born with an extra 21st chromosome which alters development and causes the characteristics associated with Down Syndrome. More than 2,000,000 people have participated in the Buddy Walk across the world since 1995.
Proceeds raised at the event will be going to the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, a non-profit organization that provides support and services for people with DS.